By Nathaniel Morris
November 25, 2017
Depression afflicts an estimated 16 million Americans every year, many of
whom go to their doctors in despair, embarking on an often stressful process
about what to do next. These visits may entail filling out forms with
screening questions about symptoms such as mood changes and difficulty
sleeping. Doctors may ask patients to share intimate details about such
issues as marital conflicts and suicidal urges. Some patients may be
referred to mental-health specialists for further examination.
Once diagnosed with depression, patients frequently face the question: "Are
you interested in therapy, medications or both?"