What To Except When Recovering From Depression

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Once you have been diagnosed with depression and begin treatment you will notice that your mood is getting better and your energy level will seem more like normal again.  When you are recovering from depression your symptoms will begin to disappear and you will find yourself feeling like your old self again.  Once this begins to occur do not make the mistake of thinking that you are cured.  There are some important things that you should be aware of as symptoms improve to prevent a relapse from occurring.

Maintaining Treatment

First off, do not stop taking your medication without the advice of your doctor.  Do not think your work is done in therapy, either.  Continuing with your medication and therapy sessions is important to help you continue to get better.  If you stop taking your medication and going to therapy sessions it is very likely that your depression will return.  Recovery from depression is a process, not an event, and it will take some time to fully recover.  If you relapse due to stopping your therapy or not taking your medication you will often have to start with your treatments all over again which can be very discouraging and may even make the depression worse.

Stages Of Recovery

Depression recovery happens in different stages.  It is important to know what the stages are so that you can know where you are on your road to recovery.  Everyone is different and therefore the timeline for recovery is not always accurate.  Some people experience a more rapid recovery while others may struggle along for an extended period of time.  The important thing is to keep the communication open with your doctor and discuss any problems or concerns you have with them.

Taking The Time To Recover Depression Fully

Someone who is experiencing depression for the first time can expect to take their medication for about 7-9 months before any discussions about discontinuing the medication occur.  It is also important not to stop the medications cold turkey as that can cause some serious side affects to occur.  The therapy you have with your doctor will continue for as long as both you and your doctor feel that it is necessary.  Usually your therapy sessions will grow further apart as you as going through the process of recovering from depression until they stop altogether. If at any time during your recovery you feel your symptoms returning talk to your doctor immediately to discuss a course of action.

When you are treating depression you have to be diligent and patient.  Depression can not be cured overnight.  It takes time for changes to begin to take place.  Try not to get discouraged at the process and instead focus on the positives things you are dong to get better.

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  1. michelle
    Posted October 20, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    How long will depression last for?

  2. Carla
    Posted December 28, 2009 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I have been on my medication for about 4 months, during that time i become more depressed at one point (whilist on my medication) should i be worried? or should i talk to my doctor?
    and you say that after awhile i should be going back to my old self but i feel like i losing more control of who myself is… i would really appreciate if you could reply with some advice on what i should do please.

  3. Glorya
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    I’m trying to recover from depression on my own. It started towards the end of November when I experienced being burnt out, then December was when my impulsiveness started occuring and I started losing interest in everything. January was the worst… I couldn’t get out of the house, and I kept having a hard time focusing on my classes. Right now, I’m no longer thinking negatively… but I still feel as if I am going at a snails pace with everything that I do. However, it is an improvement. I just cannot do anything that would cause me stress or else I will definitely break down. so I do all my homework and study for exams ahead of time and I speak with my professor about things I would normally figure out on my own. I also do not participate in social events that I feel will overwhelm me. I’m practically to myself until I could overcome this.

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