Pharmacy Today: New screening and treatment guidelines for adult and adolescent depression

Pharmacy Today: New screening and treatment guidelines for adult and adolescent depression

Community pharmacists can screen patients for several health risks when dispensing a prescription. Based on new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), depression in adults and adolescents may be a worthy focus of community pharmacy screenings.

Almost 7% of U.S. adults have major depressive disorder. The leading cause of disability in high-income countries, depression is linked to higher mortality rates due to suicide and an inability to manage other health conditions. About 8% of adolescents have major depressive disorder, a precursor to recurrent bouts with the condition in adulthood. Depression at this age can affect schoolwork and relationships with family and peers and point to a greater risk for other mental health conditions and suicide later in life.... [Read the rest of the story at Pharmacy Today]