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:
How effective are antidepressants? That's a question that many people with
depression have asked -- and research suggests that the answers aren't simple.
It's a question that's relevant to millions. About one in 10 Americans takes
an antidepressant, now the most commonly prescribed type of drug in the U.S.,
according to research published in 2009 in the Archives of General
Psychiatry. Much of the surge has happened in the past two decades. From
1996 to 2005, the rate of antidepressant use...
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