What Causes Severe Depression?
Severe depression can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose severe depression, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "severe depression" as a symptom. For example, depression.
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
antidepressant drug use
depression in family members
being very skinny
poor reaction to cool damp weather
premenstrual abdominal bloating
frequent unexplained sadness/crying
frequent bizarre dreams
loss of interest in activities
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of severe depression.
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Whether you have depression now, past depressive episodes or both, how severe is/was it?
→ Not applicable / don't know
→ Mild - I can mask it as needed
→ Moderate - I am still able to function
→ Serious - it affects all that I do
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate episode(s) of mild depression, episode(s) of depression or episode(s) of deep depression, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as Depression
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