How is depression diagnosed?

It is very important to be diagnosed and treated for depression to improve your quality of life and help prevent future heart problems. Your healthcare provider will talk to you about your symptoms and review your personal and family medical history, including drug and alcohol use.

There are no lab tests that can diagnose depression, but your doctor will use screening tools and diagnostic criteria developed by the American Psychiatric Association to make the right diagnosis. Sometimes symptoms of depression are caused by medications, a physical problem, virus or illness. You may need a physical exam or lab tests to check for a physical cause of your symptoms.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 11/21/2018.

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