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Mental Illness: Is it physical or emotional?

There are times when depression and other emotional disorders are actually caused by a physical disease. Hypothyroidism is an example of that. When your body is not making enough thyroid hormone you can begin to feel very depressed. We wanted to clarify for our readers that our articles on depression are dealing with a diagnosis of clinical (or major) depression. This is a diagnosis given after all other medical causes, such as hypothyroidism, have been ruled out. There are no physical tests run for a diagnosis of clinical depression and we have never come in contact with anyone who has had a PET scan done to determine if they had OCD, depression, or any other mental illness. There are illnesses that cause depression like symptoms, but as WebMD clarifies, these are symptoms of what they label "depression" but are not the actual condition itself. Here is what WebMD Says about it under the heading "How is major depression diagnosed.…