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What lab tests can diagnose depression?

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Your doctor can usually tell if you have depression by asking you specific questions and doing a physical exam. But your doctor may order lab tests to rule out other causes. For example, blood tests can check for anemia, thyroid or possibly other hormone problems, as well as your calcium and vitamin D levels.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

Food and Drug Administration: "The Lowdown on Depression."

Mental Health America: Mpower: "Facts about Depression and Suicide."

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R, MD. 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?"

Food and Drug Administration: "The Lowdown on Depression."

Mental Health America: Mpower: "Facts about Depression and Suicide."

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R, MD. 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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