It can be hard to admit you're depressed. But when weeks go by and you just can't shake sadness and disinterest about your life, you need to talk with a professional about getting help.
And just like with any condition, some people have a greater risk of depression than others.
If you’re concerned that you could have depression, you can meet with a doctor for a screening at no cost to you. Under the Affordable Care Act, new private insurance plans must offer these for teens and adults.
Most health insurance plans that already existed on March 23, 2010, are eligible for grandfathered status and may not cover preventive services, such as screening for depression. If you're not sure about your plan, ask your employer or health insurance provider.
Screening for depression usually takes about 5 minutes. For teens, It can be done as part of a yearly checkup.