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Psychiatrists use laboratory tests and physical examinations to diagnose depression. They will ask about symptoms, thoughts, and behaviors to rule out other medical conditions. If your symptoms are severe, your healthcare provider may also order blood tests and a physical. They will also look for signs and symptoms of drug or alcohol use. Your doctor may suggest therapy based on your symptoms and your medical history. It’s important to follow your doctor’s recommendations for the right treatment.
Psychotherapy is an important component of treatment for depression. Psychotherapy involves exploring practical solutions and educating family members. Medication for depression can help with depressive symptoms. In some cases, antidepressants are prescribed for moderate-to-severe depression. These drugs act on different neurotransmitters to fight depression. Despite the risk of side effects, clinical trials can improve the lives of many people with depression. For more information on depression treatment, click here.
A physician will ask about your symptoms and perform a physical examination. He or she will likely order blood tests to rule out other medical conditions. Mental health professionals may also ask you to fill out questionnaires to determine the severity of your symptoms. One such questionnaire is the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. This questionnaire contains 21 questions about your feelings of sadness. The scores indicate how severe your depression is. Another questionnaire is the Beck Depression Inventory. If you have one or both of these symptoms, your physician will determine which type of treatment is appropriate for you.
A doctor may prescribe antidepressants to treat depression. Some antidepressants may improve certain chemicals in the brain that control mood and stress. However, some people need to try several antidepressants before finding one that is effective and comes with manageable side effects. Psychotherapy is also an effective alternative to medications. A doctor may recommend a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressants to treat depression. This way, they can work hand-in-hand to help a person overcome their depression and return to normal life.
Talking therapy is a valuable form of treatment for depression. CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) aims to help a person identify what thoughts and behaviors are contributing to their depression. Couples and family therapy focuses on working together to tackle problems that contribute to their depression. Another form of therapy is problem-solving therapy, in which you focus on identifying an effective solution to a problem. If you’re unable to find an effective solution on your own, try using problem-solving techniques such as meditation or visualization.
While a depressive episode is typically defined by the symptoms listed above, it’s important to seek help from a healthcare provider. It’s a good idea to choose a health care provider who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions. The NIMH’s Find Help for Mental Illnesses website offers information on getting help. Additionally, you should keep yourself active and around other people. Talking to a trusted friend is important, since depression can affect one’s social life. Once you start treatment, expect a gradual improvement.