Diagnosing depression can be difficult as there are no laboratory tests that can be used to diagnose depression. The doctor diagnoses depression based on the signs and symptoms, your medical history and your family's medical history.
Currently depression is diagnosed based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria. You will be asked a series of questions which are filled in a questionnaire. Some of the questions which your doctor may ask are:
Depression is diagnosed by DSM-IV criteria in the presence of majority of these symptoms:
Your doctor will record your answers to see if you meet the DSM-IV criteria, which has a set of guidelines for the diagnosis of various mental disorders. If your answers meet the criteria for major depressive disorder, then you will be diagnosed with depression.
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