New guidelines for depression screenings for children 12-17

It’s not easy to talk about depression, yet the problem is fairly common. Only about 50 percent of adolescents with depression are diagnosed before reaching adulthood.

During the teenage years, there’s about a 20 percent chance of having depression or anxiety, research suggests. Suicide remains the leading cause of death for children aged 10 to 17.

This week the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated guidelines and now calls for universal screening for depression. This screening is recommended to be done annually for children ages 12-17.

Regular screenings and access to mental health services is crucial for children.