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Fortunately, depression is a treatable illness that responds extremely well to treatment programs. The most effective treatment for depression is one that includes counseling in addition to appropriate use of medication. The first step is to talk with your doctor, explaining exactly how you’ve been feeling. Don’t try to diagnose yourself, because depression is a complex disorder with many possible causes, symptoms, and treatments. Together with your doctor, you can formulate a treatment plan that can help you feel like yourself again.