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Depression Screening
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation

The USPSTF recommends screening adults for depression in clinical practices that have systems in place to assure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and follow-up.
Rating: "B" Recommendation.


  • Many formal screening tools are available. Asking two simple questions ("Over the past 2 weeks, have you felt down, depressed, or hopeless?" and "Over the past 2 weeks, have you felt little interest or pleasure in doing things?") may be as effective as using longer instruments.
  • Treatment may include antidepressants or therapeutic approaches (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy or brief psychosocial counseling) alone or in combination.
  • The benefits of routinely screening children and adolescents for depression are not known.