Recognizing & Treating Depression
Depression is a serious mental health condition that can be diagnosed in someone who experiences symptoms such as extreme sadness every day for at least two weeks. The symptoms of depression will eventually take a toll on a person's everyday life, so it's important to seek help from a mental health professional.
Clinical depression can be treated and managed through a combination of medication and therapy that's personalized to the patient. The process of finding the right kind of antidepressant and medication dosage can take some time and it may take several weeks for a person with depression to feel the full effects.
Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is a term for a variety of treatment techniques designed to help a person identify and change negative emotions. Most psychotherapy takes place with a licensed and trained mental health care professional. There are several types, including cognitive behavioral therapy, which is the most common psychotherapy used to treat depression.