Screening for Depression and Suicide in Children

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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 Sep 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes


 
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Activity Description

Depression and suicide, common disabling conditions, are often underreported and underdiagnosed in children. Suicide is the second most common death in adolescents. This article reviews the screening methods for childhood depression and suicide. The most common screening tools for childhood depression are the Patient Health Questionnaire for Adolescents and the Beck Depression Inventory. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for depression in adolescents ages 12 to 18 years. Accurate diagnosis, optimal treatment, and proper follow-up should be ensured. The article highlights the importance of an inter-professional team for appropriate risk assessment and interventions.


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This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the disease burden of depression and suicide in children.

  • Identify the risk factors for depression and suicide.

  • Summarize the depression and suicide risk assessment tools.

  • Explain the interventions for depression and suicide in children.

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