Depression screenings should be conducted for adults in primary care settings, and particularly for pregnant women and new mothers, according to task force that advises the federal government.
“We’re hoping that our screening guidelines are an impetus to increase awareness that depression is common, it’s painful, it’s costly and it’s treatable,” said Karina Davidson, a member of the US. Preventive Services Task Force that is advocating for the screening.
80-90% of people with depression can be helped, according to the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health — whose website has insightful information on symptoms, causes and how to get help.
CBS This Morning did a segment on this issue earlier in the day and USA Today's Liz Szabo recently analyzed the task force's new report.