Your doctor will use several steps to determine whether you have depression or not. And there are treatment options that manage symptoms. You'll have a clearer picture of them after reading this article.
The steps to evaluate include:
Depending on your needs, treatment may include:
- Physical exam. It is to see if you have any medical problem that may lead to depression symptoms.
- Psychiatric assessment. Then you'll meet a psychiatrist who will ask about your feelings, thoughts and behavior patterns. You may also fill out a questionnaire.
- Criteria for bipolar disorder. Your psychiatrist may compare your symptoms with the criteria for bipolar and related disorders.
- Day treatment programs
- Substance abuse treatment
The primary treatments for bipolar disorder include medications and psychological counseling (psychotherapy) to control symptoms, and also may include education and support groups.
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