Despite available depression treatments, only one fourth to one third of depressed adolescents are receiving care. The problem of underdiagnosis and underreferral might be redressed if assessment of suicidality and depression became a more formal part of routine pediatric care. Our purpose for this study was to explore the feasibility and acceptability of implementing adolescent depression screening into clinical practice.
This special topic article from the AAP establishes guidelines for primary care physicians to use for identifying, assessing and treating adolescent patients with depression.
A PowerPoint by Karen Kando, M.D. that discusses how to recognize and treat depression in children and adolescent.