Feds: Are You 12 Yet? Time To SCREEN You For Depression, Prescribe Drugs

February 15, 2016Feb 15, 2016

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has previously recommended screening all adults for depression. Now it's recommending all teenagers be screened as well.


According to Education Action Group, the task force is targeting students 12- to 18-year-olds and recommends prescribing antidepressants and other treatments when major depressive disorder is discovered. Recommended prescriptions include Prozac and Lexapro.

For treating teens, “I think we have medications and therapies that are effective,” said Duke University professor of pediatrics Gary Maslow.

The task force recommends pediatric doctors and family doctors do the screening, but it did not give a recommendation on how often that should happen. The task force also considered recommending children 11 and younger be screened but said it needs to do more research first.