Depressive Disorders - Diagnosis

The first step in diagnosing a depressive disorder is an interview with the patient. The interview is followed by one or more tests designed to find out how depressed the patient is. Examples of these tests include the Hamilton Depression Scale, Child Depression Inventory, Geriatric Depression Scale, and Beck Depression Inventory. These tests are given by a doctor, social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist in his or her office or in a hospital.

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