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How is major depression diagnosed?

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Your primary care doctor or a psychiatrist will do a thorough medical evaluation. You might get a screening for depression. Your doctor will ask about your personal and family psychiatric history and ask you questions that screen for the symptoms of major depression. Your doctor may run blood tests to help detect any other medical problems that have symptoms similar to those of depression.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?" and "What Are the Different Forms of Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?" and "What Are the Different Forms of Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

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