New guidelines released for managing pediatric depression
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Epidemiologic surveys have found that up to 9% of adolescents meet the criteria for depression at any one time, a number similar to the community-based prevalence rates for depression among adults. Unfortunately, as many as 2 out of 3 depressed youths in family medicine and pediatric primary care settings are not identified by their continuity provider and do not receive any mental health treatment. Even when depressed adolescents are diagnosed early, the medical interventions used in primary care vary widely and, because of a shortage of specialists and barriers in access to care, few of these patients have any contact with a mental health professional.
Evidence Based Practice 11(2): 01-03.