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Depression screening is a tool that your health care provider can use to learn if you have symptoms of depression. Depression is a common condition with many symptoms that are also often found in other conditions. Depression is treatable, but it must first be diagnosed. You may not know that certain feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that you are having can be symptoms of depression.
Taking a depression screening test can help you and your health care provider decide if you need more assessment, or if you should be referred to a mental health care provider.
A diagnosis of depression is made using information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This is a book that lists the number and type of symptoms that must be present for a health care provider to give a specific diagnosis.
Your health care provider may work with you to treat your symptoms of depression, or your health care provider may help you find a mental health provider who can assess and help you develop a plan to treat your depression.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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