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Adolescents should be screened for depression too, federal panel says

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place either to diagnose, treat and monitor those who screen positive or to refer them to specialists who can.

The new recommendations, issued Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, bring depression screening for adolescents into line with recently issued depression-screening recommendations that apply to adults.

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