How do I know if I have depression?
Most people who screen positive for depression don’t receive treatment, and many of those who do receive treatment don’t have the disorder.
It’s important to find a provider you feel comfortable working with to both diagnose and treat depression. Note the following:
- Laboratory tests may be needed to rule out medical causes of depression
- A review of medications you are taking that may exacerbate or contribute to depression
Online screening tests like the PHQ-9 may help point out depression but are not a good diagnostic tool, and should only be the first step to finding a provider to help with your mental health needs.
Several risk factors may increase your chance of having a depressive disorder. These include:
- A strong family history of depression
- A history of depression or other mental health disorders
- Pregnancy, recent birth of a child, or menopause
- Traumatic early life events and stress may be the leading risk for depression
- Hormones and stress may play a key role in this
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