Adolescent depression screening tool
We have used our research into specific depression symptoms and family characteristics to create an online tool which can be used to assess whether a child or adolescent may be currently depressed, or is at increased risk of becoming depressed in the near future.
Depression can affect young people as well as adults. Each year as many as 1 in 20 young people suffer with the condition. Girls are twice as likely to experience it as boys.
Young people are more likely to experience depression if they have a parent who has also had the illness. However, its important to remember that many children of parents with depression don’t develop problems themselves.
The questionnaire below is designed to help spot some of the warning signs of depression in young people who have a family history of the illness. It is important to remember that this tool is not designed as a substitute for proper clinical assessment by a health professional – if you are worried about your child’s mental health you should contact your GP.