Taking Control of Depression

Monday, November 26, 2012

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There are many good treatments for depression, and most people who use them get better. Treatment almost always helps to reduce symptoms and shorten how long the depression lasts.
There are three basic types of treatment for depression.

  1. Talking to a therapist or counselor.
    Talking to a therapist or counselor can help you learn how to cope with the things happening in your life, change behaviors that are causing problems, and find solutions.
  2. Taking medications. 
    Medications for depression (antidepressants) can help even out your mood and help you cope with events in your life that are making your mood worse.
  3. Combining therapy and medication. 
    Talking to a therapist or counselor and taking medication can help you cope with your moods and find solutions to help you deal with your moods.

Many people benefit from treatment for depression, even if the symptoms are not serious. If you don’t have a lot of symptoms of depression, but you’ve noticed that you feel sad more often or longer than usual, you might want to consider talking to your doctor or a qualified mental health professional about getting treatment.

Many people feel shy or embarrassed about talking to a health professional openly and honestly about their feelings. But doing so can be an important part of staying well and staying focused on your goals. Seeking treatment can be a good investment in yourself. 



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