Depression is more than feeling sad or "blue". Depression can interfere with daily life. Most people who seek treatment can feel better (they are in remission).
Care You Should Expect to Receive – High-quality care for treatment of depression may include medication, sessions with a therapist or lifestyle changes. It can take time to find the treatment that works best for you. Receiving a diagnosis, customizing a treatment plan and following up with your doctor are very important. Your provider should ask you to complete a Patient Health Questionnaire, called the PHQ-9, during each visit to see if you are getting better.
Symptoms of depression can interfere with a patient’s daily life:
- lack of appetite or increased appetite
- sleeping too much or too little
- loss of interest in once pleasurable activities
- feeling of hopelessness
How Will This Help Me? Even patients with severe depression can get better. It can take time to find the treatment that works best for you. This is why correct diagnosis, a customized treatment plan and following up with your doctor are so important. Our information will show you how many patients got to the point that they felt better 6 months after starting treatment. We can also show you the number of patients who still felt better 12 months after starting treatment.