How Depression Is Diagnosed




Dr. Christie Mensch is a former physician and recent graduate of the University of Kansas Medical Center’s psychiatry residency program, where she served as chief resident. A psychiatrist at Wyandot Center since 2015, Dr. Christie Mensch assists patients with various personality and emotional disorders, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression.

Depression, which may manifest in a variety of ways including anxious distress, melancholic features, catatonia, or seasonal patterns, can be diagnosed using a number of medical methods.

1. Physical exam – By examining the patient, a doctor can determine overall health, and rule out other potential reasons for existing symptoms. It is also possible the depression is related to an undiagnosed physical disorder.

2. Lab tests – A blood test will tell the doctor the total blood cell count and whether the patient’s thyroid is working properly. The thyroid regulates hormone levels, and under- or overproduction of these hormones can cause emotional distress.

3. Psychological evaluation or interview – A psychiatrist may ask the patient questions regarding his or her symptoms, behavior, and personal feelings. Sometimes a questionnaire will be provided to probe further into these issues.


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