How Long Do Major Depressive Episodes Last?

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A primary care physician or a mental health professional usually can diagnose depression by asking questions about medical history and symptoms. Major depression is diagnosed when a person has many of the symptoms listed above for at least two weeks. Many people with depression do not seek treatment because of society's attitudes about depression. The person may feel the depression is his or her fault or may worry about what others will think. The depression itself may distort a...

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