Experts recommend including depression screening with routine checkup

Experts recommend including depression screening with routine checkup


BEING SUGGESTED. KATH KATHY: THE HEALTH TASK FORCE SUGGESTED SHOULD BE APPLIED TO ALL ADULTS INCLUDING PREGNANT , WOMEN, BECAUSE EARLY DETECTION COULD PREVENT DEPRESSION FROM GETTING WORSE. BY JUST LOOKING AT DOUG SMITH, YOU PROBABLY CAN’T TELL THAT HE LIVES WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS.>>I’VE SPENT LITERALLY DAYS AND DAYS IN BED THROUGHOUT MY LIFE. KATHY: HE’S JUST ONE OF THE 17 MILLION IN THE U.S. WHO SUFFERS FROM DEPRESSION.>>THINGS THAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY DO THAT YOU WOULD LOOK FORWARD TO, YOU JUST DON’T HAVE ANY INTEREST IN DOING THAT.>>THE OTHER PART IS THIS UNEXPLAINED SADNESS.>>I BELIEVE I HAD IT MY ENTIRE LIFE. KATHY: THE DIAGNOSIS FOR SMITH CAME DECADES LATER WHEN THE SYMPTOMS BECAME WORSE FOLLOWING HIS FATHER’S DEATH. TODAY, A PANEL OF HEALTH EXPERTS SAY IT’S TIME TO SCREEN EVERYONE SOONER THAN LATER WHEN IT COMES TO DEPRESSION. AND IT SHOULD START DURING YOUR ROUTINE CHECK-UP.>>IT’S IMPORTANT, I THINK, TO EMPOWER AND EDUCATE PHYSICIANS TO HELP FACILITATE THAT CONVERSATION. KATHY: THE U.S. PREVENTIVE SERVICES TASK FORCE RECOMMENDS THE SCREENING FOR THOSE 18 AND OLDER, PLUS PREGNANT WOMEN AND THOSE WHO RECENTLY GAVE BIRT THAT’S ALREADY IN PRACTICE AT UC-DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER AND CARES COMMUNITY HEALTH. WHEN DETECTED EARLY, DOCTORS SAY DEPRESSION IS TREATABL>>THERE’S A LOT OF EFFECTIVE MEDICATIONS AND PSYCHOTHERAPIES AND EVEN SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS EXERCISE CAN BE VERY EFFECTIVE. KATHY: SMITH IS PROOF THAT DEPRESSION DOESN’T HAVE TO KEEP YOU DOWN.>>IT’S A MATTER OF GETTING THE WORD OUT AND LETTING PEOPLE KNOW THAT YOU CAN HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS AND YOU CAN HAVE A HAPPY, PRODUCTIVE LIFE KATHY: DOCTORS SAY SCREENING FOR DEPRESSION COMES IN THE FORM O QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR PRIMARY

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