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When depression symptoms improve after starting an antidepressant, most people need to continue taking medication long term to prevent symptoms from returning. However, treatment may seem to stop working over time. This can happen for a number of reasons. These include:
In most cases, depression symptoms get better with adjustments to medication. Your doctor may recommend that you change the dose of your current antidepressant, change to another antidepressant or add another antidepressant or other type of medication to your existing treatment. Psychological counseling (psychotherapy) also may help.
Because there are so many reasons depression treatment can stop working, you may need to see a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental illness (psychiatrist) to figure out the best course of action.
Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D.
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