Teenage depression is on the rise. The sooner it is identified, and treated, the better. If left untreated, it can have potentially threatening effects: suicide or increased incidences of depression, dementia in adulthood, creating an entire new generation of mentally and physically unfit individuals.
India is expected to have 34.33% share of youth in a total population by 2020, and currently 1 in 4 children in the age group of 13-15 years in India suffer from depression (WHO, 2017).
Updated American guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of depression in adolescents now endorse universal yearly screening from 12 years of age onward.
The new 2-part guideline was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Canadian Pediatric Society, and psychiatric associations from both countries. The guidelines are aimed at youth ages 10-21 years and distinguish the differences between mild, moderate, and severe forms of major depressive disorder.
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