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Evaluation of Depression

Evaluation should identify characteristics of depressed mood, loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities, history of past episodes of depression. The presence of insomnia, weight loss, hallucinations, suicidal ideation and planning, or alcohol or drug abuse should be sought.

Family History. Depression or other mood disorders, suicide, drug or alcohol abuse.

Bipolar (manic-depressive) Disorder

DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Depression

At least five of the following symptoms must be present, including at least one of the first two for

Medical Conditions Mimicking Depression