Depression Screening and Testing
Depression is a serious medical condition. It’s extremely common and affects millions of people around the world each year. As feelings of sadness, grief and hopelessness set in, depression can disrupt a person’s daily life and even negatively affect their physical health. Diagnosing and treating depression is an important step in helping people feel like themselves again. If you suspect you may be experiencing the symptoms of depression, we can provide depression screening tests to assess your situation and determine treatment options.
Importance of Early Screening
If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of depression, know that help is available. The sooner a person can get the help they need, the better. Managing depression can help prevent symptoms from worsening. While symptoms vary from one person to the next, most people living with depression report:
- Loss of interest in doing things they once loved
- Feelings of sadness, self doubt, loneliness and hopelessness
- Trouble sleeping
- Anger, frustration and irritability
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Moving and speaking slowly
- Poor personal hygiene
- Memory loss
It’s important to understand that depression doesn’t just affect one’s mood or mental health. It can also exacerbate or cause chronic medical conditions and even lead to suicide. People might start struggling at work, lose friendships and/or develop an alcohol or drug abuse problem. What’s more, depression doesn’t just go away – it alters brain chemistry. As a result, it can take weeks, months and even years before the person starts feeling better.
Talk to a Doctor Today
During a depression screening, the doctor will talk to you about your feelings and look for the common signs and symptoms of depression. Then, they’ll perform a thorough evaluation to see what might be causing your symptoms. For example, hypothyroidism, some medications and some illnesses can make a person more likely to develop depression. The doctor will also ask if you have any family history of mental illness or depression.
Once they have enough information, the doctor will be able to make an accurate diagnosis and offer treatment. The doctors at Vanguard Medical Group are highly trained and have backgrounds in mental health diagnosis, treatment and counseling, so every patient can get the care they deserve.
Depression affects individuals from all ages, races and backgrounds, and you should never be afraid to discuss it with your doctor. Contact your local Vanguard Medical Group office today to schedule an appointment for a depression screening test by phone or online.