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  • For most people depression is a mix of many factors, such as social, environmental and genetic causes.
  • Many people forget to ask important questions at their doctor's appointments. You may want to print or write these questions down before your appointment so you remember to get the answers you need.
  • You know that depression is dangerous for your mental health. But did you know it’s also dangerous for your physical health? Untreated or uncontrolled depression can take a big toll on you physically. 
  • Depression can hit at any time in your life. Often, the last thing you feel like doing is exercising, but studies show it can actually help you feel better.
  • Learn how, when and why doctors prescribe antidepressants and other depression medications.

  • Genetic testing to determine treatment, or pharmacogenomics, is a form of "personalized medicine" that uses genetic information to determine which medications will be most effective for an individual person. This could help find the best antidepressants for anxiety treatment and depression treatment.
  • If you live with depression, it's important to tell your doctor about any change in symptoms, particularly if you feel especially sad or hopeless, have become addicted to drugs or alcohol, or are having suicidal thoughts. Your doctor can begin or change your treatment to help you manage depression.
  • With your doctor's help, you can gradually step up the intensity of your treatment until you find the approach that works for you.
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