Taking the antidepressant treatment that is prescribed by your doctor greatly increases the chances of feeling well again. Feeling well again may involve improvements in all groups of depressive symptoms: mood, physical and cognitive, enabling you to deal more effectively with day to day activities. Treatment should be continued for at least 6 months after you feel well again to maximize the potential for you to stay well.
The graph below illustrates how the symptoms of depression typically change with time. As your individual experience of depression may vary from that shown in the graph, it is important to always keep in touch with and follow the advice of your doctor.