Your doctor or another health
professional will evaluate and diagnose
depression in your child by asking questions about
your child's medical history and conducting tests to find out if symptoms are
caused by something other than depression. Your child may be given a physical
exam or blood tests to rule out conditions such as
anemia. Your child may be asked to complete a
mental health assessment, which tests his or her
ability to think, reason, and remember.
You may be asked to help
complete a pediatric symptom checklist, a brief screening questionnaire that
helps to diagnose depression or other psychological problems in children. Also,
your child may be asked to take a short written or verbal test for depression.
Sometimes a more thorough evaluation may be needed to fully
assess your child's depression. Interviews may be conducted with the parents or
with other people who know the young person well. Specific information may be
obtained from the child's teachers or from social service workers.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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