Your child’s mental health is very important to us. In 2015, an estimated 3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. Recent surveys indicate that as many as one in five teens suffers from clinical depression. Depression is serious, and if left untreated, can worsen to the point of being life threatening. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends screening for depression from age 12 to 18 years. At our office, starting at age 12, a brief set of questions about common symptoms of depression will be asked at annual well exams. Our goal is that your child live the most healthy and happy life possible, mentally and physically. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child or teen’s mental health, please call our office.
Please go to the following link for more information: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/emotional-problems/Pages/Childhood-Depression-What-Parents-Can-Do-To-Help.aspx