New guidelines recommend annual depression screenings for teens

[KMSP Fox 9, March 2, 2018] The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending teens get annual screening for depression starting at age 12, rather than waiting for a sign that something might be wrong.

“It’s long overdue,” said Dr. Mary Beth Lardizabal, medical director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychology at Allina Health. “We understand depression in adolescence and even the ones we diagnose, only about a third of those get treated.”

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