By Nathaniel Morris

November 25, 2017 

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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?"