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Diagnosing Depression

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Diagnosing Depression

There isn’t a single test to diagnose depression. However, your doctor can make a diagnosis based on your symptoms and a psychological evaluation. In most cases, your doctor will ask a series of questions about your moods, appetite, sleep pattern, activity level, and thoughts.

Because depression can be linked to other health problems, your doctor may also conduct a physical examination and order blood work. Sometimes thyroid problems or a vitamin D deficiency can trigger symptoms of depression.

Do not ignore symptoms of depression. If your mood doesn’t improve or gets worse, seek medical help. Depression is a serious mental illness with risks of complications. Depression not only affects you, but also your loved ones. If left untreated, complications include:

  • weight gain or loss
  • physical pain
  • substance abuse problems
  • panic attacks
  • relationship problems
  • social isolation
  • suicidal thoughts
  • self-mutilation

 

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