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  • If you feel depressed, see your GP.
  • Don’t delay. Seek support early to try to avoid symptoms becoming worse.
  • Some symptoms of depression, such as fatigue, can be mistaken for a physical illness.
  • Professional help is very important, but there are also things you can do every day to help your recovery.
  • Education, lifestyle changes, social support and psychological therapy are important treatments for depression.
  • People may also require antidepressant medication.
  • Medications may take up to six weeks to be effective, so be patient.
  • Take the time to find the treatment that’s right for you.

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Reviewed on: 26-07-2018