Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening

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Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Last Reviewed: February 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening adolescents ages 12 to 18 years for major depressive disorder (MDD). USPSTF notes that systems for screening should ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and correct follow-up. USPSTF found insufficient evidence to assess whether the benefits of screening for MDD in children age 11 years or younger outweigh the harms.

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (2016). Final recommendation statement: depression in children and adolescents: screening. Retrieved from