be diagnosed when you talk to your doctor about feeling sad or when your doctor
asks you questions and discovers that you are feeling sad. You may be seeing
your doctor because you feel sad or because you have another health problem or
If your doctor thinks you are depressed, he or she will
ask you questions about your health and feelings. This is called a
mental health assessment. Your doctor also may:
"Could you be depressed and not know it?" This sounds like a ridiculous
question. After all, wouldn't you know if you were depressed? Possibly
not. Depression can take hold gradually, without a person realizing that
depressive thoughts and feelings are increasingly dominating her perspective -
and her life.
Many people assume that depression is easily identifiable, manifesting
itself as persistent sadness that doesn't lift. In fact, symptoms of depression
can take a variety of forms. Chances...
Depending on your history and risk factors, your doctor may
order other tests.
If you are depressed, your doctor may treat you or refer you for
therapy to treat your symptoms.
Tell your doctor
Always tell your doctor if you
feel sad or have other symptoms of depression. Many times, people are
embarrassed by these feelings and say nothing. Depression can be treated, and
the sooner you get treatment, the better your chance for a quick and full