How is depression diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask you to describe your symptoms and medical history. He or she likely will ask if you or anyone in your family has had depression or other mental health problems. You also may need to complete a depression screening questionnaire. Symptoms of depression sometimes are caused by a physical disorder or illness. Your health care provider also may perform a physical exam or laboratory tests to determine if there is a physical cause for the depression.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 11/24/2017.


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