Guidelines for Managing and ID’ing Adolescent Depression Updated
[Source: Medical X-Press]
Clinical practice guidelines have been updated to assist primary care (PC) physicians in the screening, treatment, and management of adolescent depression in youth aged 10 to 21 years. The details of the updates are presented in two reports published online Feb. 26 in Pediatrics.
Rachel A. Zuckerbrot, M.D., from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, and colleagues updated guidelines relating to identification and initial management of adolescent depression. The athors note that the guidelines include recommendations for preparation of the PC practice for improved adolescent depression care; annual universal screening of youth ≥12 years; identification of depression in high-risk youth; systematic assessment procedures using reliable depression scales, patient and caregiver interviews, and criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition; psychoeducation for patients and families; establishment of links within the community; and development of a safety plan.
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