January 26, 2016: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends all adults, including pregnant and postpartum women be screened for depression during routine medical visits. Treatment for depression often includes a referral to a behavioral health facility to ensure proper diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.
Approximately 7 percent of people in the U.S. meet the criteria for depression, and 12-18% meet the criteria for anxiety. While US anxiety figures are higher, depression is more closely related to suicidality. Often, individuals simultaneously experience depressive symptoms and anxiety. Depression and anxiety often negatively impact one’s relationships, work, school, and sports performance.
The US Preventive Services Task Force’s depression screening recommendations are as follows:
- All adults older than 18 years should be routinely screened for depression.
- Screening procedures should be in place to ensure proper diagnosis, treatment, care and post-care.
Treatments for depression include Talk Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), medications, and medication combined with CBT or Talk Therapy.
If you feel sad, fatigued, unmotivated, hopeless, or have disturbing thoughts or feelings, tell your physician. If you want to discuss how to approach your MD about depression, anxiety or other issues, call Envision Counseling and ask to meet with a counselor or therapist. An Envision Counseling mental health counselor or therapist can help you plan how to discuss your healthcare concerns with your physician. Envision Counseling 206-858-1177, or email@example.com