Panel Recommends That U.S. Adults Be Screened for Depression

All U.S. adults should be screened for depression, That's the recommendation of a government'backed panel of medical experts who believe the testing should be become a more routine part of medical exams.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force panel suggested that doctors perform the screening by using a nine-question Patient Health Questionnaire. The screening should be as routine as taking blood pressure. according to the panel. The recommendations particularly focused on postpartum women---previous research has shown treating a woman for her depression can greatly affect the lives of her children.

It was also recommended that doctors have the proper time and treatment options available should someone fall into the criteria of depression.About 7 percent of people in the U.S. met criteria for a depressive disorder between 2009 and 2012, according to a review of evidence the panel conducted before making its proposal.

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