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AAP Recommends Yearly Depression Screenings For Teenagers

The AAP is recommending that all kids 12 and older be screened annually for depression.
Posted at 11:33 PM, Feb 26, 2018

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines on screening teens for depression.  

It's now recommending a universal yearly depression screening for all kids ages 12 and older to be done at a wellness checkup or sports physical. The AAP estimates as many as one in five teens has the mental health disorder.  

Under the new set of suggestions, physicians, family members and patients are involved. Along with giving physicians details on how to treat the condition and consult with mental health experts when applicable, teens are urged to fill out a depression questionnaire during their appointment. A "safety plan" may also come into play, which would include restricting access to firearms and other harmful devices.

2016 study published in the professional organization's journal Pediatrics found the number of adolescents and young adults with depression has increased in recent years.  

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.