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Doctors stress importance of depression screenings for teens

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Outside of the Mayo Clinic entrance in Onalaska. Outside of the Mayo Clinic entrance in Onalaska.
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Parents, has your teen been screened for depression? if not, local physicians say you should make that a priority.

The National Institute of Health reports only half of teens with depression get diagnosed before reaching adulthood. Because of this, new recommendations are calling for the screening. Doctors at Mayo Clinic say most screenings come back normal, but others will surprise parents on being depressed. 

"It's not we're trying to find something wrong with you or that it's bad or you're bad," Dr. C.J. Menagh said. "We're trying to intervene very early that you feel the best you possibly can as fast as you can."

Doctors say depression usually doesn't have a cause and parents may notice something first. If those situations come up, they recommend bringing them in for a screening just to be sure depression isn't the cause.

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