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What tests can diagnose mental health problems?

No single test can diagnose a mental health problem. An examination and tests performed by a doctor can help discover or rule out possible physical causes of mental health symptoms. Low thyroid function, for example, can cause fatigue and excess sleeping, which might be mistaken for mental illness. Weight loss and digestive problems can have many physical causes. To evaluate your mental health, you will need to talk with a doctor or mental health provider. The discussion will cover your recent thoughts, how you feel emotionally, and any changes in your behavior patterns over the past several months or more.

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