In the United States, it is estimated that nearly eight percent of adolescents suffer from some form of depression with nearly five percent suffering from major depression, also know as bipolar disorder. As a parent, it is often difficult to ascertain depression versus normal hormonal changes in your teenager. For this reason, it is important to seek out the necessary mental health assessments so as to ensure your teen is given proper psychological care and guidance.
As part of your teenager’s psychological evaluation, a Child Depression Inventory study may be completed. As a guide for assessing the degree to which your child’s mental health may be impaired by depression, the Child Depression Inventory applies a 27 component assessment of your child’s symptoms.
Should the CDI assessment prove a positive diagnosis of depression in your teenager, the initial assessment can be utilized as a baseline study on which treatment can be administered and then re-assessed to determine effectiveness in treating teenage depression.
One major disadvantage, however, to the use of the Child Depression Inventory is simply the degree to which each child will express and verbalize feelings and emotions. Because each individual teenager is unique, the CDI may not be appropriate in every case of adolescent depression. In fact, for children with impaired reading ability, and for those with a positive finding of depression, it is recommended that re-testing be done in two to four weeks to ascertain the accurateness of the initial results.
Other factors that may impair the findings of the Child Depression Inventory include fatigue, abnormal eating patterns and even changes in physical activity. So, to ensure that your teenager is able to provide the best possible results, work to control, to some extent, these factors that result in a false positive or false negative result.
So, what do you do when your child’s verbal, expression or reading skills are not appropriate for the Child Depression Inventory assessment? Many parents will opt to use alternative assessments, including the Beck Depression Inventory or Weinberg Screening Affective Scale. Both of these assessments are also useful in the diagnosis and treatment of depression in teens.
As with any psychological impairment, the key to optimal health recovery lies, primarily, in the ability of parents to secure proper psychological assessment of their child early in the development of the condition. When faced with the possibility of caring for a teen who is depressed, consider confirming your suspicions with the use of the Child Depression Inventory assessment.