National Depression Screening on Teens

National Depression Screening Day occurs every October. This day is funded by Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH). In reviewing SMH’s tax returns, which I found online, it is evident that pharmaceutical companies have been funding SMH since 2001. Are these companies being selfless or do they stand to make billions from the screenings?

Their brief adolescent screening test asks questions such as, “In the last four weeks, has there been a time when nothing was fun for you and you just weren’t interested in anything?” “Do you feel that you can’t do anything well or that you are not as good-looking or as smart as most other people?” Do we know of an adolescent that wouldn’t answer yes to at least one of these questions?

The Food and Drug Administration were so concerned that antidepressants might cause suicide in children that they forced manufacturers to issue “black box” warnings on the containers. Antidepressants are not even approved by the FDA for children.

For more information on Teen Screen visit: http://www.psychsearch.net/teenscreen.html.

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