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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does depression go away?

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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Typically yes: Depressions can resolve or diminish spontaneousy but that can take months or even years. Talk therapy and/or medication help depressions resolve faster and more completely. The goal of most treatment is to achieve a complete remission.
Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Depression recurs: In about 50% of those who recover from a depressive episode. Risk of recurrence increases with severity but not duration of the first depression, family history of depression, pattern of negative thinking, poor social support, & number of stressful life events. Risk of recurrence is lessened by learning positive thinking & stress management & maintaining social support. Cognitive therapy helps.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Sort of: Depression does not stay at the same level forever. It tends to go in cycles. However it helps to speak with a therapist to help overcome depression.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Possibily: If depression is mild or situational - it may well resolve without intervention.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can depression eventually go away?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: In some cases depression may eventually resolve without treatment. Some people have one episode of depression in their life and others have recurrent depression. After 3 to 4 episodes of major depression, life long treatment is normally recommended as a preventive. If you have depression & it is not responding adequately to medications - let your physician know. Talking therapy is also important.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How fast can I make my depression go away?

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Dr. William Drescher
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Psychiatry 49 years experience
Not FAST: With appropriate treatment (usually psychotherapy + medication) the depression will gradually lighten over a 2 month period. You will still have better and worse days but, in general, each moth will be better.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who should I go to for my depression?

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Dr. Brian Fishman
Dr. Brian Fishmananswered
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
Your Family Doc: While your first inclination may be to see a psychiatrist, it often takes a few weeks to get an appointment with a specialist. See your primary care or family doctor first. They are well equipped to help most patients with depression. He or she may then refer you to a specialist they trust, and may even be able to get you an appointment sooner.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how do I make my depression go away?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Get professional : Psychiatric help. Alk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation.
A 27-year-old male asked:

I am going through depression. What to do?

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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 57 years experience
See a pro: See a professional who treats depression (most family docs do) & get it evaluated & retreated usually not difficult to treat with meds & therapy.

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