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Rarely Used Screenings Can Identify Depression in Teens

By Arielle Levin Becker

www.ctmirror.org

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When his office began using a questionnaire to screen adolescents for depression, Dr. Robert Dudley was skeptical.

“What’s the chance these nine silly questions are going to pick something up?” he wondered. “I’ve known this kid forever. I’ll know if they’re having troubles or not.”

Then he started using the questionnaire.

The number of patients identified as having mental health issues skyrocketed.

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One thought on “Rarely Used Screenings Can Identify Depression in Teens

  1. This is where the $100,000 requested to examine school security should be spent, not hiring consultants to study the security issues. Security begins at home and with attention to students in the schools, not via cameras and armed guards in schools.

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