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How long do treatments for mood disorders take to work?

The bad news about treatment for mood disorder: three typical treatment approaches all take weeks and even months to work. When working through issues with family and past behaviors in talk therapy for instance, you will experience pain. You may even need to exert effort to change long-held behaviors. Applaud yourself for this work, because work it is. The result of all of this work, however, is peace of mind and improved daily life. Give yourself credit for any small progress you make. Remember: Baby Steps.

Similarly, medication may not take full effect for two to six weeks. Sometimes, it can take even eight weeks before levels have built up enough in your body for the medication to be fully effective. Don't let a two month lag time discourage you. By investing two months now, you will reap lifetime rewards.

Your treatment will not work effectively if you do not stick with it. Most likely, you've received a diagnosis from a healthcare professional who's seen many cases like yours. He or she has also seen what works best. Promise your doctor, your family and yourself that you will comply with your treatment. If you've researched your diagnosis and been careful to come up with solutions with your healthcare team, you will probably be more invested in following all treatments thoroughly.

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