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How does a doctor find out if you suffer from depression?

How does a doctor find out if you suffer from depression? Topic: How to write a test case example
July 18, 2019 / By Maeveen
Question: I have a doctors appointment set up to find out if I am clinically depressed. I have seen things online about blood tests or physical exams, but I'm not sure what you do for a physical exam. Also I can't do needles in my arms so I'm not sure how that would go over.
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Kerri Kerri | 8 days ago
The reason why it's a good idea to see your doctor if you think you're depressed is that you might have some other condition that's causing depression. Problems like low thyroid function for example can cause depression. Your doctor might give you a screening test. This doesn't diagnose you but it identifies people who should be examined for diagnosis of depression. The screening test is a list of questions. GPs often refer people to mental health professionals for diagnostics. This is done with questions about how the person is feeling and changes in behavior, like change of sleep pattern and eating. There are other things that can indicate depression. A diagnosis is a matter of the person reporting a certain number of these symptoms. There's not much a GP can do to treat a case of depression. The GP can prescribe medication, but a bottle of pills by itself is not a very good way to treat depression. I've written many depression answers, with information from experts on a variety of topics. If you click on my name and read my answers, you might find something there you'll find useful. Also, if you go to my questions, you'll find a very informative post, "Can someone list treatments for depression?" It has information about a variety of evidence-based treatments, self-help and help with office visits.
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Kerri Originally Answered: How many people out there suffer from being overweight and think that depression or stress is really the cause
It sounds like you may either not be doing enough exercising to burn calories, or you may not be cutting foods enough to balance it out. When you exercise your body automatically wants you to eat more to replace the calories you lost, and consider this--- running at 4MPH for an entire hour only burns around 350 calories. It takes 3500 to make a pound. It could take 10 days of running and calorie counting just to get a solid pound off. Also if you're doing muscle exercises, such as abdominals... your muscles will continue to build, and muscles weigh a lot more than fat, that's why sometimes people have a hard time beleive someone weighs say, 20lbs more than they initially thought they did. If you keep lifting or working your abs, you're just going to build muscle underneath your fat layers, which has a negative 2-prong effect. One, it makes you weigh more, and 2- it will just expand your waist instead of slimming it. Try some cardio. Jumping rope, walking, running, jogging, and trampolines are all a good start. Just use your legs a lot. If they gain muscle, it's not bad, and that way, the rest of your body isnt being stimulated to muscle gain before you remove the excess fat. In the mean time to deal with your depression try some of these things--- Join a support group, and take advantage of the resources a group can provide you. You could try meditation or all sorts of things along those lines to free your mind. meditation is kind of like... mental cleansing. it's similar to writing and exercise in that it takes your thoughts out and teaches you balance and strength. try doing a google on meditation methods. write poems, journals, blogs... keeping a journal is really helpful. buy a punching bag or a speed bag to vent on and try to increase your level of activity and function. you can exercise... do push ups, set ups, curls, crunches, lift weights, swim, run track, or go to a gym-- you can meet people, keep your mind free, and start to feel better about yourself while trying to learn to cope with your problem. You'll get there, but it may take time. You might even consider a counselor and school or work, or even joining bally, curves, or a group like that. If you're a guy or a girl there are groups out there so look around and don't be too impatient. It took my grandmother nearly 13 months to get off 60lbs but she's never regretted that. and in retrospect, that's only a 1lb per week. Healthy weight loss I beleive is in between 1-3 lbs a week. Even a few ounces is better than nothing, and try drinking more water :)
Kerri Originally Answered: How many people out there suffer from being overweight and think that depression or stress is really the cause
yes, I would suspect the diet. You mean that you actually don't eat! That would be a big trigger. Supplements? What is actually in the supplements? That could be a key also. Some supplements can cause palpitations, especially if taken without their necessary processing nutrients. Also, not eating, but are you drinking? Caffeine? Caffeine is the biggest culprit with heart problems such as palpitations. This is really way to complicated for an internet question. I'd get myself, along with the supplements and Cambridge diet details, to a naturopath for a complete evaluation.

Jacqueline Jacqueline
Some physical conditions can cause depressed mood. They have to rule out any thing physical that could contribute to your depression. Then they ask you a lot of questions. You may have to answer a questionnaire about your physical and mental health.
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Emeline Emeline
All such doctors are qualified, well trained and gain reputation by treating several patients during their professional career. They have professional experience to treat any kind of mental depression. They are thus authorised by the Government as Medical Representatives.
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Emeline Originally Answered: Help! My doctor was too quick to label me a diabetic, will my insurance suffer?
I say often in this forum that the diagnosis of diabetes should not rest upon a single reading. It would be helpful to know your various glucose and A1C readings. If the second physician is correct and if the 1st physician made a rush to judgment then the 2nd physician should be able to write a letter of correction to your insurance company. This should satisfy your insurance company and the insurance company should not be punitive. I might caution you however that without your laboratory results I do not know which physician is correct. Simply having rave reviews does not an expert make. Some of the worst physician that I have known have enjoyed some of the most loyal patients. At present I am semi-retired and serve as a consultant performing peer reviews. I am appalled daily at the poor quality of medical care in this country. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

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