Everybody feels “down” or “blue” at times. But, if these feelings are very strong or last for most of the day, nearly every day, they may be due to a medical illness called depression. The good news is that depression can be treated. But first you have to know you have it. People do not always know the warning signs of depression. The earlier you get treatment for depression, the sooner you will begin to feel better. The longer you wait, the harder depression is to treat.
Depression usually is treated with medicine, counseling, or medicine combined with counseling. Medicines for depression are not addictive or habit forming. They work for people with severe depression and may be useful for people with mild to moderate depression. Treatment works gradually over several weeks. It may take some time to find what works best for you.