A 54-year-old member asked:
am i going to be depressed for the rest of my life?
3 doctor answers • 11 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 54 years experience
That is not likely: Depression is one of the most common psychiatric problems and also one of the most treatable ones as well. Obviously deeper depression is harder to treat. Treatment depends in part on the severity of the depression, not generally on where it comes from.Treatments are counseling, medication and ECT (electro shock therapy) and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Counseling and meds are best together.
Psychiatry 57 years experience
No: Depression can usually be controlled with a combination of meds & therapy hang in there & find some pros to help you.
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Expert Help, Action: Do seek "live" expert help. Start w/pcp to assess ur symptoms ; rule out physical causes 4 them. Depression leaves us feeling like we have no gas in our tank. Everything can feel like too much work. U may feel cranky w/everyone. The future can seem bleak, joyless. It's important 2understand what's underlying ur symptoms so u can get effective help. "action is the antidote 2 despair" -joan baez.
A 22-year-old female asked:
If I am depressed now does that mean i will have to be medicated for the rest of my life? Is there something wrong with me? Will it get better?
2 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Depession lifelong?: If depression if treated to remission, be totally normal in all aspects of life, medication(s) can be gradually tapered off. If depression recurs, resume treatment for longer duration (twice as long) before tapering off. If depression recurs again then treatment needs be for life. What matter is if you are normal with meds, then no reason to not take meds to insure a secure and happy life.
Last updated Oct 4, 2016
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