There’s no blood test, eye chart, brain scan, or any other quick way to tell if someone is depressed. Detecting depression is nuanced and difficult. Some people are screened when they visit their doctor, but even the most commonly-used scales for screening have their critics. Very often, friends and family recognize signs of depression in a loved one and convince them to find a therapist. But people who are depressed often put up a false front of happiness, and some personality types make depression especially hard to detect. Therapists are well-equipped to identify and address depression once they’re working with a client, but of course, recognizing the need for therapy at all is the hard part. Ultimately, there’s no one group of people who is responsible for identifying those in need of counseling. But the greater the awareness level of the general public, the more equipped we all will be when depression impacts ourselves or someone we know.
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