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Kids as Young as 8 Should Be Screened for Anxiety, Health Panel Says

The task force also recommends children 12 and older be screened for depression.

Health experts are recommending children and adolescents be screened for anxiety and depression as a step to address the US youth mental health challenges

For the first time, US Preventive Services Task Force recommended on Tuesday that children ages 8 and older be screened for anxiety. It also suggested those 12 and older be screened for depression. A month ago, the group recommended all adults under 65 be evaluated for the same conditions. The task force urges preventative screening for children and adolescents who don’t have a mental health diagnosis and don’t show symptoms.