Studies show that 74 percent of people seeking help for depression go to their primary care physician, and that 50 percent of these cases are misdiagnosed. Of the cases that are correctly diagnosed by a general practitioner, 80 percent are given too little medication for too short a time. Some of this mishandling may occur because the patients are treated for physical symptoms, such as sleep problems, fatigue or weight loss, without considering depression as a possible root cause. When diagnosing for depression, tests should be given to rule out any organic factors - such as nutrient deficiencies, hypothyroidism, reactions to drugs - that can produce similar symptoms. And here are the steps to do a correct diagnosis:
It is important to recognize that most of us go through ups and downs in our life periodically, as a result of events such as death of a loved one, loss of a job, serious illnesses in the family, etc. These are not signs of clinical depression as we get out of them in a short period of time and spring back to our normal activities. The clinical depression is characterized by persistent depression. At least 5 of the above conditions have to be satisfied to be classified as major depression. It is important for you to recognize the signs of the illness that requires treatment as opposed to occasional "blues."
Decreased Interest or Pleasure in Things
Difficulty Concentrating or Making Decisions
Feeling As If Life Is No Longer Worth Living (Suicidal Thoughts)
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