Despite national recommendations, screening for adolescent depression is generally uncommon and is typically characterized by regional and racial/ethnic disparities. This variability in practice may leave some adolescents disproportionately vulnerable to untreated depression. Further education about depression in general and specifically regarding screening may help address such disparities.

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Depression is underrecognized and undertreated in adolescents, with close to 75% of depressed adolescents not receiving treatment. Untreated depression in adolescence is associated with various adverse adult outcomes, including lower educational attainment and poorer physical health. Beyond the suffering and impaired functioning that depressed adolescents experience as well as the potential for future negative outcomes, the reality is that some affected adolescents commit suicide, further heightening the need for proactive assessment and treatment. Given the persistent shortage of mental health clinicians in the United States, significant emphasis has been placed on increasing the role...

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