Navigation Links
Simple Screen May Help Spot Depression in College Students
Date:1/13/2011

THURSDAY, Jan. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Among students who go to university health centers for a physical ailment, between one-fifth and one-quarter are depressed, but the condition often goes undiagnosed because most university health centers don't screen for depression, a new study reports.

The researchers also found that 2 to 3 percent of these depressed students have had suicidal thoughts or are considering suicide.

"Depression screening is easy to do, we know it works, and it can save lives. It should be done for every student who walks into a health center," lead author Dr. Michael Fleming, a professor of family and community medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said in a university news release.

Fleming and his colleagues surveyed 1,622 students who went to health centers at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Washington and the University of British Columbia. The study findings are published in the January issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Screening for depression is simple, Fleming said. While sitting in the health center waiting area, students can answer seven questions about depression that can be immediately entered into his or her electronic health record. During the appointment, the health care provider can address any issues about sadness or depression.

The consequences of not identifying and treating students with depression can be serious and even deadly.

"These kids might drop out of school because they are so sad, or hurt or kill themselves by drinking too much or taking drugs," Fleming said.

He noted that university students face many challenges, and events such as a low grade or problems with a boyfriend or girlfriend can trigger depression.

"If you don't take the opportunity to screen at every [health center] visit, you are going to miss these kids," Fleming said.

More information

Mental Health America has more about depression in college.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Northwestern University, news release, Jan. 10, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Wounded Congresswoman Responds to Simple Commands
2. Simple fingertip test may identify breast cancer patients at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome
3. Simple Travel Tips Can Help Keep Pets Safe
4. Simple tools help parents understand a childs risk of obesity, make positive changes
5. Simpler and cheaper antibiotic prophylaxis with insertion of nutrition catheter in the stomach
6. Simple eye test measures damage from multiple sclerosis, UT Southwestern researchers find
7. Autism finding could lead to simple urine test for the condition
8. PC Encryption Compliance Delivered Through The Cloud Now Available As Simple Monthly Service For Business
9. Simple change results in fewer unnecessary imaging exams for patients
10. New research shows cardiologists can quickly detect significant coronary artery disease using a non-invasive simple, short respiratory stress test
11. New Implanted Defibrillator May Be Simpler, Safer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Simple Screen May Help Spot Depression in College Students
(Date:2/5/2016)... New York (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... use and find themselves having to wait longer to access the treadmills. It’s a ... New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get in shape by joining gyms, starting ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Pivot Point Consulting, a leading national Healthcare ... Services for HIT Implementation Support & Staffing report with an outstanding score of ... healthcare executives, managers and clinicians representing over 4,500 hospitals and 2,500 clinics. , ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , ... February 05, 2016 , ... Stuart Bentkover, ... technology, the PicoSure. Designed to provide the most effective tattoo removal today, Dr. Bentkover ... unmatched results. , Developed by Cynosure, the PicoSure has been approved by the Food ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Pekin, IL (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... in disguised form as a dream. A hallmark feature of patients with eating disorders ... and needs. The eating disorder behaviors and obsessions are regarded as maladaptive means for ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... On June 9-10, ... a continuing medical education (CME) event presented by the Association for Comprehensive Care ... first for ACCORD, whose mission is to provide education, tools, and resources to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... WILLIAMSBURG, Va. , Feb. 5, 2016  ivWatch, a ... a Virginia Outstanding STEM Award granted by Governor Terry ... for Science Innovation on February 25th at an event to ... . The STEM award honors professionals and business that ... Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160205/330117LOGO ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... MILTON, Ontario , Feb. 5, 2016  Aralez ... business combination of POZEN Inc. ("POZEN") and Tribute Pharmaceuticals Canada ... of POZEN and shareholders of Tribute. The combined company ... specialty pharmaceutical company with operations in Canada ... the United States . Under the terms ...
(Date:2/5/2016)...  Venice,s newest laser clinic, Physicians Advanced ... kind in the area and specializes in the ... The physician-owned and operated laser clinic is taking ... with its revitalizing skin care approach, unprecedented eVisit ... technology. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160204/329957 --> ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: