Recently, we had a morning conference to review depression screening for pediatric patients with IBD. This lecture was led by Chelly Dykes, MD. Many of these slides were adapted from resources developed by the (ImproveCareNow) ICN Psychosocial Professionals group.
We have started depression screening with a subset of our patients and soon will start screening all children 13 years and older. When this is working well, younger ages may be targeted as well.
Some of the key points:
- Depression/anxiety are common, particularly in patients with inflammatory bowel disease
- National rates of suicide have been increasing
- Asking about suicide does not increase the risk of suicidality
- We are fortunate to work closely with two psychologists, Bonney Reed-Knight and Jessica Buzenski
Some of the slides are listed below.
Related blog posts:
- Suicide Rate Up 33% in Last 20 Years
- No Exaggeration: Too Many Children Are Dying in the U.S.
- What to Do for Friends and Family Members Who Are Depressed
Disclaimer: These blog posts are for educational purposes only. Specific dosing of medications/diets (along with potential adverse effects) should be confirmed by prescribing physician/nutritionist. This content is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a condition.
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