- Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or self-blame.
- Lack of eye contact.
- Memory loss, lack of concentration, and abstract reasoning.
- Physical problems, including headaches or back pain.
- Angry outbursts, irritation, or frustration.
- Frequent and recurrent thoughts of suicide and self-harm.
In many cases, people with depression may experience severe symptoms that cause notable issues in day-to-day activities and affect their relationship with others adversely. Some people may feel unhappy and worthless without knowing the reason.
Your doctor will suggest some lab tests, like blood work, after reviewing the information you gave at your first appointment, including symptoms, family history, and physical examination. These tests are essential to check for other conditions that could be adding to your mood. People can feel symptoms similar to depression in case of some medications or illness, like thyroid disorder, infection, or significant hormonal changes. You may also feel symptoms of depression due to hypothyroidism. Your doctor will ask about the medications you are currently taking as well as the alcohol or recreational drugs you may be utilizing.
If no other reasons are identified for your symptoms, your doctor may refer to you a licensed mental health expert for evaluation. He will ask you to complete a depression-rating questionnaire. It can help in assessing your level of depression.
Examples of such questionnaires include the following:
- Beck Depression Inventory
The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) is used for depression diagnosis that contains 21 self-reported depression questions. Each question has a score of zero through three that indicates the symptom’s severity. They help mental health professionals assess the symptoms, mood, and behavior of their patients.