WASHINGTON, DC – The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is pleased to release an expanded Depression Resource Center (www.aacap.org/depressionrc).
This up-to-date tool presents resources on depression helpful to parents, youth, and clinicians. It offers related frequently asked questions, fact sheets, treatment resources, books, apps, videos, websites, articles, and more. It also provides information on getting help. It is consumer-friendly, reorganized based on the user experience, and has a fresh design.
Approximately 2% of children and at least 4% of adolescents suffer from depression at any given time. By the end of high school, approximately one young person in five will have had at least one episode of depression. The necessity and the timeliness of this resource cannot be understated.
The release of the revamped Depression Resource Center also coincides with the current Presidential Initiative on Depression Awareness and Screening in Children and Adolescents of Karen Dineen Wagner, MD, PhD.
Dr. Wagner’s presidential initiative has implemented a multipronged approach including the rework of the Depression Resource Center, education, and collaboration with professional organizations and government agencies.
AACAP resources are starting points in addressing a topic related to children and are not intended to serve as a substitute for psychiatric treatment or counseling.
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