How treatable is depression?

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This year, 7% of Americans—more than 19 million people—will suffer from mood disorders, that is, mental disorders that include depression and mania. The economic cost of depression to the nation was estimated to range $30 to $44 billion in 1990. Depression affects not only those who are depressed, but also their families.

Fortunately, depression is a treatable illness. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that more than 80% of people with depression could be helped substantially by available medication and/or psychotherapy. Yet, two-thirds of depressed people do not seek treatment and, therefore, suffer depressive symptoms unnecessarily to the detriment of themselves, their families, and society.

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Depression Treatment

Depression Treatment

Because it is a multi-faceted condition, treatment for depression is multi-faceted as well. Minor depression can often be treated with therapy and a few simple lifestyle changes, while chronic or major depression treatment can req...

uire medication in addition to therapy. In some severe cases, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be used. It's important to work with your mental health professional to determine which course of treatment for your type of depression is most appropriate.
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