There are several treatment options for depression. Medication, Behavioral Modification, and counseling can all be part of the tools used to combat depression. The first step is a psychiatric evaluation which involves a 45-minute session where we talk with you and learn about your personal and medical history. You may or may not have had previous experience with depression. Whether you have or not, we’ll assess your symptoms and, if you are diagnosed with depression, will then schedule a follow-up appointment. At the follow-up appointment it’s possible we’ll prescribe medication. If we do, we’ll clearly inform you of its risks and benefits. We’ll also provide you with lifestyle suggestions and coping strategies to help you better manage your condition. If we find you need further depression therapy, we can provide you with a referral to a Boston therapist who is licensed to treat depression. We will work with you to manage and support your recovery from depression. Give us a call today! It may take some time to find the right combination for you, so it is essential not to give up when you don’t see quick improvement. Finding the right combination of treatments is often a matter of trial and error, so be patient and stick with your treatment plan. If you notice a worsening of your symptoms and you are receiving treatment, contact your provider and let them know.