Should teenagers be routinely screened by doctors for depression?

Yes, according to a new report from the US Preventive Services Task Force – an independent panel of private-sector experts convened by the government.

The panel, whose recommendations are considered the “gold standard” for medical screening, said all 12- to 18-year-olds should fill out standard questionnaires for major depressive disorder, which can be seriously disabling and, in some cases, lead to suicide.