CDC recommends adults be screened for depression

Posted at 7:50 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 19:50:45-05

The CDC says major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. New guidelines recommend that every adult be screened for depression.

The U.S. Preventative Services task force is recommending everyone over the age of 18 be screened. 

In the Journal of the American Medical Association, the group points out that depression is the top cause of disability among adults. Also, every year 70 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from depression.

The task force now recommends primary care doctors take the initiative to administer depression test to adult patients. 

Dr. Joseph Wiley is the medical director of population health at LifeBridge Health. He joined ABC2's In Focus to dissect the new guidelines and advise adults of proper mental health screening.

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