Frequently Asked Questions

9. Is depression treatable?

Yes. Even the most severe cases of depression are highly treatable. Most older adults with depression improve when they receive treatment with an antidepressant, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. Treatment choices differ for each person, and sometimes different treatments must be tried until one works for you. It is important not to give up.

As with many illnesses, getting treatment early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence. If you have other medical conditions, it is especially important to treat depression because having depression may delay recovery from or worsen the outcome of other illnesses.