Diagnosis and Treatment for Depression Diagnosis for Depression
To determine a diagnosis of depression a doctor or medical professional will conduct a series of tests, examinations, or evaluations.
Physical exam - Questions about your health will be asked to see if there is a connection to a physical health problem.
Lab tests – Your blood or thyroid will be tested to make sure there are no abnormalities. Psychiatric evaluation. - Questions will be asked about your symptoms, feelings, thoughts, and behavior. There may be a request to fill out a questionnaire. DMS-5 – The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will be used to determine if you meet the criteria for depression listed in the manual.
Treatment for Depression
Most treatments for depression involve psychotherapy and medications like beta blockers, inhibitors, anti-depressants, and stronger medications.