In 2014, 15.7 million adults suffered from at least one major depressive episode, making it one of the most common behavioral health conditions in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Major depression is also highly treatable once diagnosed, so making that diagnosis is critical.

Recommendations made today by an independent expert panel could make it easier for adults to get the treatment they need. For the first time, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all adults be screened for depression by their primary care physician at least once. In addition to screening the general adult population, the task force includes the recommendation that women who are pregnant or have recently given birth be screened by their primary care physician.

This is a critical step to integrating behavioral and physical health in primary care.  Hospitals see first-hand the heavy toll that untreated, serious mental illness imposes on patients, families and communities. That’s why helping hospitals apply the best available science to treat all of the needs of their patients is a key part of the AHA’s behavioral health initiative.

We will continue to provide hospitals with the tools and resources necessary to promote the total health — physical and behavioral — of our patients and communities.

Related News Articles

Headline
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will launch a three-part virtual learning series on recovery supports for people considering or…
Perspective
Improving rural health is an AHA priority because we truly cannot advance health in America without keeping our rural communities strong.
Headline
The House of Representatives last night voted 419-6 to pass legislation (H.R. 748) that would repeal the 40% excise tax on high-value employer-sponsored health…
Headline
The Centers for Medicare…
Headline
Drug overdose deaths declined 5.1% in 2018 to about 68,000, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Headline
The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved legislation to address surprise medical bills and Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts.