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Do I Need Depression Medication?

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Updated February 01, 2011

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Question: Do I Need Depression Medication?
Answer:

Many women (both with and without PCOS) experience depression at some point in their life, which can range from mild to severe symptoms, and can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months or even years. Essentially, depression is a totally unique experience for anyone who’s ever dealt with it. Some people lose their appetite completely; others overeat and gain weight. Some people suffer from insomnia; others spend all their time in bed. For that reason, there’s no easy answer as to whether medication is appropriate for you. However, if your depression is not improving and is interfering with your ability to function, you might want to consider speaking with your doctor about taking medication.

If you and your doctor decide that medication is a good option for you, it’s important that you check in with your doctor regularly. There are many different types of medications, and it may take a while to find the right one for you. Some of the drugs can cause serious side effects, which is another reason why you’ll want to be in contact with your doctor while you are figuring out what pill works for you. Keep in mind that it can take several weeks before the medication kicks in and starts working. While not appropriate for everyone, pills are sometimes necessary for someone to manage their depression. Only your doctor can determine if taking medication is right for you.

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