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How is depression diagnosed and treated?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: Depression

When someone has 2 weeks or more of depressed mood, loss of interest in usual activities, insomnia or hypersomnia, fatigue, psychomotor slowing or agitation observable by others, loss of or increase in appetite with weight change, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty concentrating, and suicidal thoughts or attempts, major depression is very likely.
Treatment (see comment).

In brief: Depression

When someone has 2 weeks or more of depressed mood, loss of interest in usual activities, insomnia or hypersomnia, fatigue, psychomotor slowing or agitation observable by others, loss of or increase in appetite with weight change, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty concentrating, and suicidal thoughts or attempts, major depression is very likely.
Treatment (see comment).
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
. . . treatment includes thorough evaluation to make sure no other conditionas such as hypothyroidism, alcohol/substance abuse, or other medical illnesses are happening; psychotherapy to understand the person's personal issues; possibly medication if the depression is very severe; hospitalization if the person is overtly suicidal and not safe as an outpatient. Recovery is possible!
Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Evaluation

Depression is diagnosed after a thorough evaluation of current concerns and symptoms.
The diagnosis requires the presence of enough symptoms over a long enough duration, along with impairment of daily functioning. Treatment can involve traditional talk therapies, medications, and other environmental and social supports. The specific treatment plan is tailored to the individual.

In brief: Evaluation

Depression is diagnosed after a thorough evaluation of current concerns and symptoms.
The diagnosis requires the presence of enough symptoms over a long enough duration, along with impairment of daily functioning. Treatment can involve traditional talk therapies, medications, and other environmental and social supports. The specific treatment plan is tailored to the individual.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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