The purpose of this research is to evaluate the feasibility of an interview between an
adolescent / young adult and a PCP (Primary Care Physician).
A web-based depression prevention program will evaluate the interview. Depression is a
condition where people feel sad, tired, have changes in sleep, and lose interest in fun
things for more than two weeks. This program teaches adolescents/young adults new skills.
They learn new skills by talking with their doctor and doing a workbook at an Internet site.
Counselors have used some of these lessons to successfully treat, and in some cases,
prevent depression. We do not know if these lessons given in a primary care doctor's office
or over the Internet will prevent depression. We will have to do further studies to
determine this. If subjects are clinically depressed right now, they cannot be a part of
- age 15-21 years and
- two risk factors for developing depression in the next two years:
- Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression (CES-D) score > 12 and either a
family history or past personal history of depression.
- Exclusion criteria include meeting criteria or undergoing active treatment for
M. depression, or having suicidal ideation
- undergoing active treatment for M. depression, or having suicidal ideation
Benjamin W Van Voorhees, MD
The University of Chicago, 5841 South Maryland Ave., MC 2007 Chicago, IL 60637