The mental health professionals will observe the speech and behavior of the person. Person who is known to suffer from depression might have slower and more faltering speech compared to a normal person who is more fluent when talking. Depressed people may have continuous pauses and usually talk quietly or very slowly. Depresses people tend to move and walk slower and very hesitant.
In Singapore, it is best to seek for family therapy services from In Focus. Their professionals evaluate the mental status of the person. One form of evaluating the mental status of a person is by providing questions which measures the person’s ability in terms of vocabulary, logic and memory. Sometimes, it is referred to as mini mental status examination, and there are various styles of this examination that can be located on the internet, or simply you can create your very own evaluation tool. A very good example for this evaluation tool to test the memory of the patient is to have them identify at least three objects and after several minutes, try to ask them if they can still remember the objects that they have seen earlier.
Another option used in diagnosing depression is to examine the sleeping and eating patterns of the person. Person who suffers from mild or severe depression often has a disturbance in sleeping patter. It is either; the person sleeps too much or too little. Changes in the appetite and diet of the patient are observable. Depressed people may eat food at very minimal amount or sometime eat a large quantity of food.