Depression can be treated and people do recover. That's an important thing to remember.

There are several types of depression treatments ranging from antidepressant medications to counseling and therapy to herbal preparations. It's vital to find the right one or combination of treatments for depression that work for you.

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Treatment choice will depend on the outcome of the evaluation. Some people with milder forms may do well with psychotherapy alone. People with moderate to severe depression most often benefit from antidepressants. Most do best with combined treatment: medication to gain relatively quick symptom relief and psychotherapy to learn more effective ways to deal with life's problems, including depression. Depending on the patient's diagnosis and severity of symptoms, the therapist may prescribe medication and/or one of the several forms of psychotherapy that have proven effective for depression.

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