All US Adults Should Have Mental Health Checks
Well, this is depressing. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all American adults, especially pregnant and postpartum women, be screened for depression. Recent data shows that the economic toll of the disease was $23 billion in lost productivity in 2011-2012. Experts are calling for regular screening for everyone over the age of 18, along with improved systems to ensure accurate diagnoses and proper treatment. It remains unclear how often people should be tested — but many health insurers are likely to adopt the independent panel’s suggestions.