Does treatment for depression differ if a person also has another illness?

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Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Treatment for depression is generally the same for depressed people who also have other illnesses as for those who do not. The depression treatment includes psychotherapy ("talk therapy"), medication, or both. But if you're being treated for depression along with another illness, take care to tell your healthcare providers, including a psychiatrist, about all the medications you use. Doing so can help prevent serious drug interactions.

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