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I am suffering from a melancholic depression, I think? What would a doctor do to give me a diagosis?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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In brief: Interview you
The doctor (usually a psychiatrist or psychologist) would interview you and take your history.
S/he would explore your symptoms and experiences to understand them better, and also delve into family history as well. S/he would ask about any substance use/abuse issues, which can worsen depression. General medical history is also important, as are certain labs like thyroid, vit b12, folate (folic acid) levels.

In brief: Interview you
The doctor (usually a psychiatrist or psychologist) would interview you and take your history.
S/he would explore your symptoms and experiences to understand them better, and also delve into family history as well. S/he would ask about any substance use/abuse issues, which can worsen depression. General medical history is also important, as are certain labs like thyroid, vit b12, folate (folic acid) levels.
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