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New Guidelines For Treating Depression

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There are new guidelines recommended to screen for and treat depression.

The American college of physicians recommend that doctors select "cognitive behavior therapy" or second generation anti-depressants to treat adults with major depressive disorder, or MDD, which is a serious form of depression.

A review of the treatments showed that both are similarly effective.

There is some evidence showing that "Saint John's wort" may be just as effective as second generation anti-depressants. However, the supplement is not currently regulated by the FDA.

A government panel reaffirmed that screening for MDD should be done in children as young as 12.

The US Preventative Services Task Force recommended that kids 12-18 be screened for MDD when adequate systems are in place to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

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