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The first step in getting the right treatment is to recognize that you're depressed. The second step is to seek help. These things may be the hardest part of the entire process. But once you connect with a qualified health care provider, there are many ways to help you get back on track.

Antidepressant drugs can help, but you’ll need to use them only as your doctor prescribes. They usually work best when you take them along with psychotherapy, or talk therapy. In this kind of treatment, you’ll talk to a licensed and trained mental health care professional, who can help you work through the things that may be triggering your depression.

Warning Signs of Suicide

If you or someone you know has any of the signs below, contact a mental health professional or go to the emergency room right away.

  • Talking about killing yourself
  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Saying things like "It would be better if I weren't here" or "I want out"
  • Depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse
  • A sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or acting happy
  • Taking risks that could be fatal, like driving through red lights
  • Losing interest in things you used to care about
  • Putting affairs in order or changing a will

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on April 13, 2014
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