Yes, depression is a serious, but treatable, medical condition. With the right treatment and support, individuals who are diagnosed with depression can get better.
A major depressive episode is characterized by a set of symptoms that typically lasts for a few months. If left untreated, depression can last for months or sometimes years.
Depression is a serious mental illness and is unlikely to go away on its own or cure itself. Without treatment, depression can last for months or years and can become chronic. While a person experiencing depression may have days when they are able to cope, and other days when they find it difficult, it is important to reach out and seek professional treatment at the earliest.
Having experienced an episode of depression can place a person at higher risk of a relapse. But not everyone who has recovered from depression will experience it again. Getting the right treatment is crucial to recovery and in helping prevent future episodes.