Treatment for depression includes counseling, medicines, and lifestyle changes. Your treatment will depend on you and your symptoms. You and your health care team will work together to find the best treatment for you.
If you are using medicine,
your doctor may have you try different medicines or a combination of medicines.
You may need to go to the hospital if you show
warning signs of suicide, such as having thoughts
about harming yourself or another person, not being able to tell the difference
between what is real and what is not (psychosis), or
using a lot of alcohol or drugs.
If you don't get treated, depression may last from months
to a year or longer. A small number of people feel depressed for most of their
lives and always need treatment.
If you need help
deciding whether to talk to your doctor about depression, see
some common reasons people don't get help and how to overcome them.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 22, 2013
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