Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Just 2 questions to screen for Mental health & signs of Depression in Teenagers

In a busy clinical practice, it is cumbersome to do a detailed mental health evaluation for every child. This is especially true for teenagers, who while being especially vulnerable to mental health issue are less likely to open up in the short space of time that a typical doctor visit involves.
Here are 2 questions that we can ask every teen to get a simplified overview on whether they require further detailed evaluation for mental health issues, depression, anxiety etc.

1) Over the past 2 weeks, have you ever felt depressed, down, or hopeless?
2) Have you felt little interest or pleasure in doing things?

Source: Transitioning Young women to Adult care - American Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology

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