The evaluation of depression begins with a medical history and physical examination.
Usually, the physical examination is normal.
Testing may be necessary to identify medical conditions that could cause similar symptoms.
Tests that may be used to evaluate depression include:
- Complete blood count
- Liver profile
- Kidney profile
- Glucose tolerance testing
- Thyroid profile
- Drug screening:
- Serum folate
- Vitamin B12 level
Less common tests that may be used to evaluate depression include:
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