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can you tell me how to get a diagnosis for depression?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
A clinical: psychologist can diagnose and treat depression. There are several types. Some resolve as we adjust to changes in life, others need professional help. Feeling Good is a helpful book by David Burns but professional help is needed for diagnosis and treatment. Peace and good health.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

If I have treatment for depression, will this information go to my school without my permission?

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Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Maybe: Psychiatric records should be confidential. The only secure way to ensure confidentiality is to see psychiatrists fully "opted out" of medicare/medicaid, & taking no insurance. Only then is the "doctor-patient" privileged fully preserved. Any other doctor is contractually obligated to send records to medicare, medicaid, and any insurance, when asked. Or, when a random government raid occurs.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there any alternative treatments for depression other than synthetic medicine?

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Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 21 years experience
Yes, but check in.: Depression may be helped by daily physical activity, a regular meditation practice, and counseling. In addition, there are some natural remedies that may be helpful in certain cases such as saint john's wort and s-adenosyl-methionine. However, if you suffer from depression, it is important to work with a health care professional and get the help you need. Sometimes that means synthetic medicine.
Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
Preventive Medicine 40 years experience
Three hormone deficiencies lead to depression...thyroid, estrogen and testosterone.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

I'm afraid that if I take medication for depression, i'll feel even more depressed seeing myself take the medication. What should I do?

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Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Find the right docto: If you feel depressed, you might have one of many medical problems causing you to feel this way. It does not mean you have depression and need an antidepressant. Find a doctor who will spend the time to find the real cause of your symptoms, not just prescribe drugs for symptoms.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Can medications for depression affect who you are as a person?

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Dr. Brian Fishman
Dr. Brian Fishman answered
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
They Shouldn't: The nature of depression medications is to alter the amounts or effectiveness of neurotransmitters in your brain. If you are taking an anti-depressant and you feel "off" or not like yourself, talk with your doctor. Consider trying a different medication. There are enough options that you should be able to find treatment that helps your depression without making you feel like a different person.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Online tests for depression any good?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Yes as screen: Yes as a screen. While identifying symptoms of depression, it doesn't tell you the cause. Treatments may vary based upon possible causes. If the screen is possitive or your symptoms negatively impact your life see a professional to help diagnose.

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