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Depression runs in the family: what tests? How do you get diagnosed?
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Dr. Robert Greer
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In brief: Symptoms
We make the diagnosis of depression based on our patients symptoms.
There are some screening tests(easy to find online) but if you are feeling "blue or sad", sleeping poorly, having appetite changes or loss of libido you should have a discussion with your dr.Most often a patient will present with a somatic "body problem" like headache and if you don't clue you dr. In we will search wrongly.

In brief: Symptoms
We make the diagnosis of depression based on our patients symptoms.
There are some screening tests(easy to find online) but if you are feeling "blue or sad", sleeping poorly, having appetite changes or loss of libido you should have a discussion with your dr.Most often a patient will present with a somatic "body problem" like headache and if you don't clue you dr. In we will search wrongly.
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