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Talk to Your Doctor About Depression: It's Free

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.

Depression may be more common than you may think. About 1 in 10 adults say they have depression, and as many as 1 in 13 teens have symptoms of depression at some time.

And just like with any condition, some people have a greater risk of depression than others.

Depression is serious, too. It can affect all parts of your life -- your sleep, your job, your relationships, and your physical health.

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.

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