The Healthy People 2020 evidence-based resources identified have been selected by subject matter experts at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources. Each of the selected evidence-based resources has been rated and classified according to a set of selection criteria based, in part, on publication status, publication type, and number of studies. This classification scheme does not necessarily consider all dimensions of quality, such as statistical significance, effect size (e.g., magnitude of effect), meaningfulness of effect, additional effect over control, and study design (e.g., sample size, power, internal validity, external validity, generalizability, potential biases, potential confounders).
The following clinical recommendations come from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) .
Major Depressive Disorder in Children and Adolescents
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening of adolescents (12-18 years of age) for major depressive disorder (MDD) when systems are in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, psychotherapy (cognitive-behavioral or interpersonal), and follow-up.
Screening for Depression in Adults
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening adults for depression when staff-assisted depression care supports are in place to assure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and follow-up.
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The following consumer resources are from healthfinder.gov.
If a friend or loved one is depressed, talking to him or her about getting help can make a big difference. Use these tips to start the conversation.
Depression is a medical illness that can be treated. If you think you might be depressed, see a doctor who can test you for depression.
Ask your teen’s doctor to screen your teen for depression
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