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How long can it take for a major depressive disorder patient to get well?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: It depends

This depends on the treatment you're getting and how well you're taking care of yourself too.
Taking medications consistently; staying away from toxins; participating in psychotherapy; exercising regularly; eating healthy; replenishing nutrients like b12, folate, (folic acid) and omega 3's. Feeling better can happen in weeks to months. Really getting well is a longer journey of healing your life.

In brief: It depends

This depends on the treatment you're getting and how well you're taking care of yourself too.
Taking medications consistently; staying away from toxins; participating in psychotherapy; exercising regularly; eating healthy; replenishing nutrients like b12, folate, (folic acid) and omega 3's. Feeling better can happen in weeks to months. Really getting well is a longer journey of healing your life.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Gregory Haley
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 4-6 weeks

Getting "well" is actually pretty vague.
Most people have responded somewhat by 4-6 weeks, but in the interest of people not losing hope and giving up, if I do no see some response by 3 weeks, i change agents or augment. 50% of people that remit from their first spell get another , 60-80 of that portion get a third, and after a third, there is more than 90% chance of recurrence so tx ongoing.

In brief: 4-6 weeks

Getting "well" is actually pretty vague.
Most people have responded somewhat by 4-6 weeks, but in the interest of people not losing hope and giving up, if I do no see some response by 3 weeks, i change agents or augment. 50% of people that remit from their first spell get another , 60-80 of that portion get a third, and after a third, there is more than 90% chance of recurrence so tx ongoing.
Dr. Gregory Haley
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