About Depression
Depression is a mood disorder. It is often associated with feelings of sadness, loss, irritability or anger which may interfere with a person's ability to go about their everyday activities.
Symptoms of Depression
People suffering from depression feel down most of the time for at least 2 weeks and they also have at least 1 of these 2 symptoms:
Loss Of Interest
They no longer enjoy doing the things they used to like to do.
Mood Swings
They feel down or sad for the most part of the day on most days.
Depression Treatment
People who have depression may receive 1 or more of the following treatments:
With a doctor, mental health counsellor or psychologist
Electroconvulsive therapy
Procedure that passes electricity through the brain
How long does it take to recover from depression?
Most people with depression usually get better with counselling and/ or medications (anti-depressants). Electroconvulsive therapy is reserved for a very small percentage of people with depression who do not respond to counselling or medications after a long time.
Many people who see a counsellor start to feel better within a few weeks but the greatest effect is generally seen between 8 to 10 weeks.
Many people who take medications start to feel better within 2 weeks but it usually takes up to 8 weeks for the medication to achieve its full effect.
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