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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Online tests for depression any good?

Online tests for depression any good?

Not the best: At best, online tests for depression are only useful for screening depressive symptoms...And that is if you happen to stumble across a well researched one. The best way to determine if you have depression is to visit with a psychologist or psychiatrist since there are different types of depression, which have different causes, and require different treatments. ...Read more

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Is there a test or scale for measuring depression?

Is there a test or scale for measuring depression?

Yes, several: Several 'screening measures' are online. It doesn't replace a real Dx Eval but can be useful. Mostly for sincerely worried young people who discover that they don't make the first cut - but it you exaggerate at all - it might be hard to get a true answer. A visit to an expert is better for an evaluation. http://psych.med.nyu.edu/patient-care/screening-tests/depression-screening-test ...Read more

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I think in depressed or how can I get test to prove it?

I think in depressed or how can I get test to prove it?

See a doctor: You can take online tests like the one at http://cesd-r.Com/ -- but the best way to know is to meet with a psychiatrist or psychologist. That way you can have a conversation about your situation, and receive suggestions about treatment if needed. Depression and heavy alcohol use are often found in the same people, and the risk of both is intensified. Help is available! ...Read more

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What can I do if I got a 29 on the goldberg's depression test?

What can I do if I got a 29 on the goldberg's depression test?

The Goldberg: Depression Test is offered on line and is a brief instrument to assess possible depression. As the website says, it does not replace the need for professional diagnosis or treatment. Please see a mental health professional. "Feeling Good" by David Burns is a helpful book. Peace and good health,. ...Read more

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I feel depressed all the time what test can I do to know for sure?

I feel depressed all the time what test can I do to know for sure?

Depression: There are online tests you can take, such as the ces-d: http://cesd-r.Com/ however, the best assessment would be with a psychiatrist or psychologist in person. On your additional information you've described yourself as a heavy alcohol drinker (15+ drinks a week). Depression and alcohol abuse are often found together in the same person, and are risk factors for each other. A doctor can help. ...Read more

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How do you get tested for depression? Is it a battery of tests, an interview, what?

How do you get tested for depression? Is it a battery of tests, an interview, what?

Depression tests: Despite all the screening tools available in research, online, in fashion magazines.The psychiatric interview is the best possible way to diagnose depression although the scales are helpful to evaluation and monitoring response to treatment.Its helpful but not the way to diagnose some one with depression. ...Read more

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I took tests for depression online. They were vague. Where can I get definite diagnosis?

I took tests for depression online. They were vague. Where can I get definite diagnosis?

No Self-Dx: Even if the tests on line were not vague, you still will need someone to help you explain the results. Number itself is meaningless, what's more important is the item analysis. Also, diagnosis is not given based on a single measure. There're several measures that assess whatever is needed for your diagnosis. Bottom line-- don't diagnose yourself, get a professional to do it. ...Read more

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Got an 81% on the goldberg's depression test. What do I do now? It's kinda freaking me out.....

Got an 81% on the goldberg's depression test. What do I do now? It's kinda freaking me out.....

Too high to ignore: Don't freak out! do find a therapist to help you understand what's going on. If you can describe your feelings accurately, a therapist will know the best next step. It may be reassurance and learning the terms for your feelings less dramatically - or therapy w/ or w/out medication. Find a therapist you can trust. Good luck! ...Read more

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