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During physicals, Kaiser asks kids questions aimed at depression
Orange County Register

During back-to-school checkups at Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, children as young as 11 are being screened for suicidal thoughts and depression.

“Depression is incredibly high among adolescents,” said Kaiser’s chief of pediatrics in Orange County, Dr. Alan Cortez. “Typically, we give teens a long questionnaire to fill out about substance abuse, domestic violence, but no one gives 11- and 12-year-olds the same opportunity.”