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Kelsey,Very informative post this week! The US Preventative Services Task Force advisesprimary clinicians to screen adolescents for depression provided there is a system to confirmdiagnosis and initiate treatment.One maindifference between the adult and the youth DSM-IVcriteria for major depressive disorder is that youth may meet the diagnostic criteria by presentingwith irritability rather than depressed mood. (Richardson, 2010.) Advantages of the PHQ-9include that it is shorter than other depression screenings, can be administered in person by aclinician, by telephone, or self-administered. It facilitates a diagnosis of major depression. It
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Major depressive disorder,Seasonal affective disorder