Depression in Children and Teens - Exams and Tests
Your doctor or another health
professional will evaluate and diagnose
depression in your child by asking questions about
your child's medical history and conducting tests to find out if symptoms are
caused by something other than depression. Your child may be given a physical
exam or blood tests to rule out conditions such as
anemia. Your child may be asked to complete a
mental health assessment, which tests his or her
ability to think, reason, and remember.
You may be asked to help
complete a pediatric symptom checklist, a brief screening questionnaire that
helps to diagnose depression or other psychological problems in children. Also,
your child may be asked to take a short written or verbal test for depression.
Sometimes a more thorough evaluation may be needed to fully
assess your child's depression. Interviews may be conducted with the parents or
with other people who know the young person well. Specific information may be
obtained from the child's teachers or from social service workers.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for
depression in all children ages 12 to 18.5