Sadness, feeling down, having a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities - these are symptoms familiar to all of us. But, if they persist and affect our life substantially, it may be depression.
They include feeling several of the following for at least 2 weeks:
Your treatment plan for depression will depend on what type you have and how severe it is. Some people get psychotherapy. They also might take antidepressants or follow other treatments. Exercise can help, too.
If that’s not enough, you have still more options. For example, your doctor may suggest brain stimulation techniques such as electroconvulsive therapy or transcranial magnetic stimulation.
If you have bipolar depression, your doctor may or may not prescribe antidepressants, depending on your symptoms and medical history. Mood-stabilizing drugs or certain antipsychotic meds also can help treat the condition.
Everyone is unique. You may need to try different drugs and at different dosages to find the best treatment for you. It also takes a while for an antidepressant to take full effect. You may meet with several doctors or therapists before you find the one you want to work with. Patience and openness will help put you on the path to feeling better.