Often the cause of depression is easily discovered.
Diagnosing depression is easy in some cases, and extremely difficult in others. If you find that you have been suffering from the symptoms of depression for more than two weeks, it is vital that you visit your doctor to find out what the problem is. Only a doctor can determine whether or not clinical depression exists, and whether or not treatment is required.
You should start with your medical doctor. He or she will perform a physical exam to see if there is a health problem that could be causing your depressed feeling. He will not only inquire about your physical state, but also he may also ask about medications that you are taking, your consumption of caffeine, your consumption of nicotine, your consumption of alcohol, and your consumption of illegal drugs. He or she may perform a blood test as there are certain viruses and other illnesses that can cause one to experience symptoms of depression, as well.
Once the physical exam is complete, your doctor may or may not refer you to a counselor for further diagnostic testing. They may also prescribe you an antidepressant; however, this is usually just for the short term, to see if the problem causing the depression passes. If the depression continues, however, the doctor will need to refer you for counseling.
The cause of depression is often easily discovered. If it isn’t a health problem, there may be something going on in your life that causes the depression. For this reason, your doctor and/or counselor may ask personal questions concerning your life or lifestyle. It is vital that you are totally honest with your health care professionals so that they can accurately diagnose and treat the problem. For this reason, it is noteworthy that you talk with your doctor alone. Have family members wait at home or in the waiting room.
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