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How is depression diagnosed?

Depression may be diagnosed by your primary care doctor, or your doctor may request an evaluation from a specialist, such as a psychiatrist. Diagnosis is based off symptoms, medical history, family history, and duration of illness. Honesty is key when responding to questions and describing your ailment. Some common problems can cause symptoms that seem like depression, so be sure your doctor screens you for conditions such as thyroid problems or hormonal issues.

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