Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening
Release Date: February 2016
|Adolescents aged 12 to 18 years|
The USPSTF recommends screening for major depressive disorder (MDD) in adolescents aged 12 to 18 years. Screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up.
|Children aged 11 years or younger|
The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for MDD in children aged 11 years or younger.
Related Information for Consumers
Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2016.