Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by Claws, Dec 4, 2012.

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  1. Claws

    Claws Active Member

    How do doctors do this?
    Do they do any physical exams ? in uk preferably
  2. Acy

    Acy Mama Bear - TLC, Common Sense Staff Member Safety & Support

    Not sure, but I think you're asking if there are physical types of tests for depression or mental disorder/illness?

    My understanding of the process, based on my own doctors' actions: saw GP and talked about how I was feeling physically and mentally. Did basic physical exam and blood work to check that I was physically healthy and no underlying cause of low mood. Ruled out major life issues that could account for persistent low mood. That left a diagnosis of depression. Was referred to pdoc.

    There was not (and I don't believe there is yet) a physical test for depression or other mental illnesses. But, where I live only a doctor can make the diagnosis. I think it is the same in the UK.

    The process is painless except for the little jab for the blood work. A good GP will know that a patient isn't always comfortable and that the patient might even be a bit nervous talking about feelings and such.
  3. Claws

    Claws Active Member

    What's a basic physical exam? I ave made the appointment :)
  4. pickwithaustin

    pickwithaustin Staff Alumni

    A basic physical exam is just that. They will check all of your vital signs, run blood work, do that horrible glove exam part that we all dread, and ask questions about how you are feeling, etc. Make sure you share anything that is bothering you, or if you are under stress, if you have an unusual diet, and etc. Most GP's are not equipped to evaluate a mental condition, though they often do have a process for evaluation that may have them refer you on to someone who is a specialist.
  5. Butterfly

    Butterfly Sim Addict Staff Alumni SF Author SF Supporter

    Do you mean for depression Claws?

    If so I just went to my GP, told them how I was feeling. She did a depression screening and I also had to go for some basic bloodwork to rule out any hormonal problems or low iron to rule that out, as they can cause low mood. I got a diagnosis of depression and was put on anti depressants.
  6. Claws

    Claws Active Member

    Thanks both of you, yeah i mean for depression. Only just had the confidence to get an appointment and very nervous about it.I might not have it but I think I do, need a bit of advice that's all :) very nervous.
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