Anonymous

can doctors tell when a patient is depressed?

If the patient presents looking outwardly put together, nice clothes, hair in place, nice shoes, smiles genuinely appears confident, can doctors sense a patient's depression and sadness under all of the charade?? Are doctors good at reading patients

?? If a patient acts overly content to mask the depression and despair, can they sense it anyways since they are used to meeting all sorts of patients

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Apparently not.  It appears my state health department requires physicians to ask (Every time I have a followup).

    "Do you feel depressed?  Have you had suicidal thoughts?"

  • 1 month ago

    The eyes of depressed people do not glitter and assuming that anxiety is present the pupils are widened.

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