Depression diagnosis

The NHS recommends that you should see your GP if you are experiencing symptoms of depression for most of the day, every day, for over 2 weeks.

It may be difficult to imagine that treatment will help the way you’re feeling. But the sooner you seek treatment, the sooner your depression will improve.

Your doctor will ask you about how you’re feeling and about any possible causes of depression. You may find it difficult to talk to someone about your emotions, but it’s important to try and be honest and open in order for the doctor to make an accurate diagnosis.

They may also do some tests to check if you have any physical problems which might cause symptoms of depression, such as an underactive thyroid.

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