As you're starting treatment for depression, you will probably have questions. You may be wondering what you can expect over the course of your treatment, how quickly it will help you feel better, how long you may need to take medications, or how long you may need therapy.
Feeling better usually doesn't happen overnight - treatment takes time. You may need several weeks of therapy before you notice improvement. With medications, most people begin to feel better in 4 to 6 weeks. With psychotherapy alone, it may take longer. Some people need a combination of medication and psychotherapy before they feel significant improvement.