Depression Diagnosis Resources

Depression diagnosis - 'Moderate becoming poor'

Make no mistake, depression diagnosis is a matter for the professionals. However, in this section we feature a range of material related to the diagnosing of depression so that you can gain a better understanding of what is involved and even whether you should be seeking professional help.

The diagnosis of depression is not a simple process. There is no straightforward yes/no test like a blood test that will allow a doctor to reach a diagnosis.

Instead, it is necessary to consider how you have been feeling, both physically and mentally, and how you have been behaving over the preceding period to assess whether there are signals that might indicate depression. Of course there are different types of depression, so different factors may be relevant to some types of depression and not others.

Professionals use formal diagnostic criteria for depression diagnosis and there are also a variety of depressions tests, including some online tests that you can access yourself. We’ll look at all of these in this section of the website.

It can be pretty confronting when you are faced with a depression diagnosis. It is therefore vital to know as much about what is happening to you as possible.

Image: Moderate Becoming Poor by Martin Grover



Different types of depression

Depression Diagnosis

Understanding the different types of depression is helpful in enabling you to see whether you or your loved one might be suffering from a recognized depressive illness. If you think that you might be, then that can signal that you may need to seek some professional help. Of course, it’s normal to get the blues […]

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Melancholic depression and non-melancholic depression: where do these fit into the depression landscape?

Depression Diagnosis

When I began my research into causes, classifications and cures for depression, I came across the categorization of ‘melancholic’ and ‘non-melancholic’ depression. At first, I didn’t really understand how these fitted into the other definitions of depression I had seen. Now, I realise that that was not surprising, since this categorisation represents something of a […]

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Need Help with Depresson? Take a Lesson from Julius Caesar

Depression Diagnosis

Need help with depression? If so, who do you think you might talk to? What about your friend next door? The guys in the bar? That nice understanding woman at work? Maybe Oprah? The faith healer? The homeopathic woman in the office above the baker’s shop? Well, here’s a thing: why not talk to your […]

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Heed these Depression Signs or Get Ready to Start Walking the Black Dog

A Depression Blog

I think we all need to be alive to the ‘depression signs’ – the things that can warn us that a person is at risk of developing depression. Although I’ve already written about some of the warning signs of depression in men, which are often quite different from those in women, I don’t really want […]

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Signs of depression in men – look out for this worrying pattern

Depression Diagnosis

Given what I’m about to write about the signs of depression in men, there are unlikely to be any men reading this. Perhaps that is an exaggeration, but it is hoped that this will be a useful reference both for men who feel that they may be suffering from depression and for those around them, […]

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These depression warning signs should make you take action

Depression Diagnosis

Fundamentally the individual warning signs of depression are similar to the individual symptoms of depression. A person my be considered to be suffering from clinical depression if there is a combination of several symptoms over a prolonged period (see diagnosing depression). However, before any formal diagnosis is made, look out for the depression warning signs […]

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Symptoms of severe depression

Depression Diagnosis

First, let’s get some terminology straight. ‘Severe depression’, ‘ major depression’ and ‘clinical depression’, are terms that tend to be used interchangeably to mean the same thing (see, for example, these descriptions at the Mayo Clinic or UC Berkeley). What these terms refer to is the condition described technically by psychiatrists as ‘major depressive disorder’. […]

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Diagnosing depression – uncovering the facts and fears

Depression Diagnosis

Diagnosing depression is the first step toward treating depression. So, diagnosis is an important point on any sufferer’s path towards coping with and recovering from depression. Here I look at some of the fears and facts associated with depression diagnosis. Are you scared about being diagnosed with depression? Although it may be fairly self-evident that […]

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Depression Definition – What is the definition of depression?

Depression Diagnosis

Because of the nature of depression, definition of the illness is not at all straightforward. Firstly, there are several different types of depression that are clinically recognized as distinct conditions. Secondly, the term is often used quite loosely in every-day life. Consequently, it is not at all simple to state an all-encompassing definition of depression […]

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