Treating depression: take three steps [HealthBeat]

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Acute phase. The goal here is to relieve your symptoms. Generally, this occurs within four to eight weeks, but it may take longer depending on your response to the first treatments you try.

Continuation phase. During this period, you work with your doctor to maximize the improvement you’ve made. Further treatment adjustments, such as modifying the dosage of a medication, can help. This period can take four to five months.

Maintenance phase. Throughout the maintenance phase, your goal is to prevent depression from reemerging. Ongoing treatment is often necessary, especially if you have already experienced several depressive episodes, have chronic low mood, or have risk factors that make a recurrence more likely.

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