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Mental Health and Mental Disorders

Find evidence-based information and recommendations related to Mental Health and Mental Disorders.

RatingResourceYearEvidence Type
Mental Health and Mental Disorders
Recommendation from the Community Preventive Services Task Force for use of collaborative care for the management of depressive disorders. (Community Guide Recommendation)
Community Preventive Services Task Force
2012 Systematic Review
Mental Health and Mental Disorders
Improving Mental Health and Addressing Mental Illness: Mental Health Benefits Legislation. (Community Guide Recommendation)
Community Preventive Services Task Force
2012 Systematic Review
Mental Health and Mental Disorders
Interventions to Reduce Depression Among Older Adults: Clinic-Based Depression Care Management. (Community Guide Recommendation)
Community Preventive Services Task Force
2011 Systematic Review
Mental Health and Mental Disorders
Interventions to Reduce Depression Among Older Adults: Home-Based Depression Care Management
Community Preventive Services Task Force
2011 Systematic Review
Mental Health and Mental Disorders
Recommendations to reduce psychological harm from traumatic events among children and adolescents. (Community Guide Recommendation)
Community Preventive Services Task Force
2008 Systematic Review
 

The Healthy People 2020 evidence-based resources identified have been selected by subject matter experts at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources. Each of the selected evidence-based resources has been rated and classified according to a set of selection criteria based, in part, on publication status, publication type, and number of studies. This classification scheme does not necessarily consider all dimensions of quality, such as statistical significance, effect size (e.g., magnitude of effect), meaningfulness of effect, additional effect over control, and study design (e.g., sample size, power, internal validity, external validity, generalizability, potential biases, potential confounders).

 

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Clinical Recommendations

The following clinical recommendations come from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) External Web Site Policy.

Major Depressive Disorder in Children and Adolescents

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening of adolescents (12-18 years of age) for major depressive disorder (MDD) when systems are in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, psychotherapy (cognitive-behavioral or interpersonal), and follow-up. Learn more External Web Site Policy

Screening for Depression in Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening adults for depression when staff-assisted depression care supports are in place to assure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and follow-up. Learn more External Web Site Policy

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Consumer Information

The following consumer resources are from healthfinder.gov.

Depression: Conversation starters

If a friend or loved one is depressed, talking to him or her about getting help can make a big difference. Use these tips to start the conversation.

Talk with Your Doctor about Depression

Depression is a medical illness that can be treated. If you think you might be depressed, see a doctor who can test you for depression.

Get Your Teen Screened for Depression

Ask your teen’s doctor to screen your teen for depression

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