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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my clinical depression?
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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Differential Dx
There are no specific laboratory tests to diagnose depression.
There are tests which should be performed to rule out conditions in the differential diagnosis. Your md should check for hypothyroidism, anemia, hyponatremia, and liver function at a minimum. Screening tools such as the beck depression inventory provide the severity of depression. Your md can treat mild to moderate depression.

In brief: Differential Dx
There are no specific laboratory tests to diagnose depression.
There are tests which should be performed to rule out conditions in the differential diagnosis. Your md should check for hypothyroidism, anemia, hyponatremia, and liver function at a minimum. Screening tools such as the beck depression inventory provide the severity of depression. Your md can treat mild to moderate depression.
Dr. Robert Woods
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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depression
See you pcp and let him decide if this is within his scope of practice.
They should be able to treat this.

In brief: Depression
See you pcp and let him decide if this is within his scope of practice.
They should be able to treat this.
Dr. Kevin Daus
Dr. Kevin Daus
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Remember psychiatrists are real doctors too. Medications can be very helpful but remember that depression affects your life and relationships in many ways so therapy is a useful adjunctive treatment for most depressed and almost all anxious individuals
Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Need a Specialist?
There are generalists or primary care physicians and then there are specialists.
You are probably referring to a regular doctor as meaning a generalist. For mild or uncomplicated cases, they are fine. A board certified psychiatrist is a specialist and the best to handle more severe forms of depression as well as other mood disturbances.

In brief: Need a Specialist?
There are generalists or primary care physicians and then there are specialists.
You are probably referring to a regular doctor as meaning a generalist. For mild or uncomplicated cases, they are fine. A board certified psychiatrist is a specialist and the best to handle more severe forms of depression as well as other mood disturbances.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Arman Danielyan
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No tests
There are no specific diagnostic tests for depression.
It is a clinical diagnosis. You should do some medical tests to rule out medical causes of depression like thyroid function test, but your doctor can order those for you.

In brief: No tests
There are no specific diagnostic tests for depression.
It is a clinical diagnosis. You should do some medical tests to rule out medical causes of depression like thyroid function test, but your doctor can order those for you.
Dr. Arman Danielyan
Dr. Arman Danielyan
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