Depression is a treatable mental disorder even when it comes to severe cases. Similar to other illnesses, the earlier the person begins treatment, the more efficient it is, and the higher the likelihood that recurrence prevention can take place.
Between 80% and 90% of depressed persons ultimately respond well to treatment. Furthermore, nearly every patient gains some symptom relief. Before treatment or diagnosis, a health expert must perform a comprehensive diagnostic assessment, including an interview and probably a physical examination.
In some instances, a blood test might take place to ensure the depression isn’t because of a medical condition such as a thyroid problem. The assessment seeks to identify particular problems, family and medical history, environmental and cultural factors to obtain a diagnosis and develop an action plan.
Depression treatment usually involves psychotherapy, medications, or a blend of the two. If these options don’t decrease the symptoms, the health provider may explore electroconvulsive therapy and other stimulation therapies.