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There are national (NICE) guidelines for doctors on how to treat depression and low mood. People with milder forms may benefit from watchful waiting and a talking treatment but may also be offered anti depressants. People with moderate-to-severe depression should be offered antidepressants as well as talking therapy. If symptoms persist after treatment referral to the local community health team for specialist support is the next step forward.

Amelia Mustapha, Executive Director of the European Depression Association, says it’s important to take an active role your own recovery.

'Being an active part of your recovery and working in partnership with your doctor is key to getting better, faster. If you feel up to it, learn everything you can about depression and don't be afraid to state your treatment preferences. It often helps to have a friend or family member with you for those times when you don't feel able to speak up or may forget what your doctor is telling you.'

In general most people get better faster with a combination of treatments - medication to relieve symptoms and talking therapy to learn how to deal with stress, anxiety and negative thinking.

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