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Diagnosis of Depression
by Amy Scholten, MPH
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Your doctor may also do a mental health evaluation and search for physical causes of depression. These findings will be used to make the diagnosis. There is no blood test or specific diagnostic test for depression.
Depression is usually diagnosed based on the duration (2 weeks or more), frequency (almost daily), number (5 or more), and nature of your symptoms. Information will be gathered on the following:
Depression. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at:
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Accessed August 10, 2016.
Major depressive disorder (MDD). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated September 20, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Last reviewed September 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
Last Updated: 9/17/2014
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