How is Depression diagnosed?

Diagnosis of depression typically involves a combination of a physical examination, psychological evaluation, and laboratory tests.

  1. Physical examination: A healthcare professional will conduct a physical examination and ask about any medical conditions or medications that may be contributing to the symptoms.
  2. Psychological evaluation: The healthcare professional may use structured diagnostic interviews or questionnaires to assess for the presence and severity of symptoms of depression, such as the Diagn and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria or the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).
  3. Laboratory tests: Blood tests may be performed to rule out any underlying medical conditions that could be contributing to the symptoms.

It's important to note that depression can be difficult to diagnose, as the symptoms can be similar to those of other medical conditions. Moreover, symptoms may vary from person to person, and some people may have more severe symptoms than others. Therefore, it's crucial to seek help from a healthcare professional if you are experiencing symptoms of depression or if you have concerns about your mental health.

It's also important to mention that a diagnosis should not be solely based on a check list of symptoms, and a thorough assessment should include considering the individual's personal and social context, including family history and current life events.

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