North America's first, published clinical guidelines for the management of depression in adolescents in the primary care setting - the Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC) - will be presented today for the first-time at the 11th Annual Canadian Association for Adolescent Health (CAAH) National Conference, taking place at The Hospital for Sick Children, in Toronto.
"At any one given time, 3 per cent of Canadian adolescents
have some form of depression. To put this into perspective, that's one teen
in every classroom," said Dr. Miriam Kaufman, member of the Steering Committee
for the development of the GLAD-PC guidelines and Co-Chair of the CAAH National
"This is a growing issue for Canadian teens which is why the Canadian Association for Adolescent Health was eager to be involved in the development of these very important guidelines."
Teen depression is a growing concern in Canada. It is now estimated
that depression develops in up to 10 per cent of youth by the end of adolescence.
However, while depression is increasing among youth, the number of mental health
specialists in Canada is shrinking, which is why the GLAD-PC guidelines are
an important tool for primary care providers.
According to the Canadian Psychiatric Association, professional treatment reaches only about 1 out of 6 Canadian adolescents.
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