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Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Last Reviewed: October 2022
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for major depressive disorder (MDD) in adolescents ages 12 to 18 years and who are not showing recognized signs or symptoms of depression. Depression is a leading cause of disability in the U.S. Children and adolescents with depression often have functional impairments in their performance at school or work, as well as in their interactions with their families and peers. Depression can negatively affect development in affected youth. USPSTF found insufficient evidence to assess whether the benefits outweigh the harms in screening for MDD in children age 11 years and younger — and screening for suicide risk in children and adolescents.
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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (2022). Depression and Suicide Risk in Children and Adolescents: Screening. Retrieved from https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/recommendation/screening-depression-suicide-risk-children-adolescents.