Diagnosis of Depression
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and past health. Your doctor may search for physical causes of depression. These findings will be used to make the diagnosis. There is no single test to do this.
You will have a:
A diagnosis is based on:
You will be asked about your symptoms:
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Depression. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml. Updated February 2018. Accessed October 5, 2018.
Major depressive disorder (MDD). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated August 23, 2018. Accessed October 5, 2018.
Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 11/13/2020
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