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Adolescent Screening Tests for Depression and Anxiety

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In response to new 2018 Universal Screening Recommendations for adolescent depression and anxiety by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Willows Pediatric Group is pleased to offer your adolescent age 12 years and over the PHQ-9 and GAD-7 self-reporting screening tests.

Adolescence is a period of time when teenagers may experience changes in mood and sense of well-being. While most teenagers may be able to express their feelings, not all are capable of doing so. Studies have shown that up to 50% of adolescents with depression go unrecognized and untreated.

The PHQ-9 and GAD-7 are validated screening tools for major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.  By asking your adolescent to fill out a one-page screening questionnaire during their checkup appointments, we will be able to score and identify possible concerns or risks for major depressive disorders or generalized anxiety disorders and offer assistance if needed.  Acknowledging a mental health concern can sometimes be difficult, and your adolescent may have depression even if you have not noticed any signs of a problem. We also ask that parents feel comfortable offering any of their own observations, questions or concerns, which will help us get a well-rounded picture of your child’s health.  If parents have any concerns about their child’s mood, behavior, or functioning, please talk with your child’s doctor, PA, or nurse.

As always, at Willows we strive to provide the best and highest quality care to your adolescent. If you have any questions about the PHQ-9 and GAD-7 screening, or your adolescent’s mental health, please let us know and we will do our best to assist you and your adolescent.