Health First Colorado – Teen Depression Screening

Health First Colorado – Teen Depression Screening


Being a parent is rewarding – and challenging. We’ve all heard that when children reach puberty they experience new emotions and feelings. They may also become more independent and communicate less. Most of the time, this is just a normal part of growing up. But how can you be sure? Depression doesn’t always show up as sadness. Changes in behavior, such as sleeping or eating more or less than your child usually does can be signs of depression. So can increased irritability and anger. Because of this, it can be very hard to tell the difference between normal teenage behavior or something more serious like depression. Don’t be afraid to ask your child’s doctor for help. Depression can be treated. Early detection can be helpful in lessening the effects of depression. As a member of Health First Colorado, Colorado’s Medicaid Program, your child can receive free depression screenings from their doctor. The screening can be done right in the doctor’s office as part of your child’s yearly exam. Based on your child’s answers to screening questions, the doctor may offer a referral to a counselor. Counseling and other resources are included in your child’s Health First Colorado benefits. There is no cost to you. Your teen can receive a depression screening each year, plus: – Assessment and counseling services, – Doctor visits, and – Get connected to health care resources in your community Your peace of mind and your child’s health are important to us! Contact your teen’s doctor today to make an appointment for a depression screening. Learn more at HealthFirstColorado.com

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