If you are planning to see your doctor about depression, here is information about the kinds of tests your doctor might ask for. First, keep in mind that not every test is a "depression test." Some tests aren't used to diagnose clinical depression but rather to rule out other serious medical conditions that may cause similar symptoms.
In most cases, the doctor will do a physical exam and ask for specific lab tests to make sure your depression symptoms aren't related to a condition such as...
You may think that ending your life is the only
solution. If you feel this way, you're not alone. Many people with PTSD have
thoughts about suicide. PTSD symptoms, such as having
stressful memories of your trauma, may put you at a higher risk.1
Other things that can increase your risk for
Not having social
Having a family history of suicide.
If you have thoughts about suicide, there are ways you can
get help. Talking to someone can help you see that there are other solutions.
Tell a doctor, clergy member, friend, or family member how you feel, and talk
to your doctor about counseling or medicines that can help you. Getting
treatment right away can help prevent suicide.
Planning to hurt yourself or someone
Talking or thinking a lot about killing
Having a weapon that could be used for killing
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 09, 2013
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