It is estimated that one out of five people will have depression at least once in their lifetime. Untreated depression increases the likelihood of additional medical illnesses and increases the risk of death from all causes (not just suicide). Therefore, it is important that any individual with depression be encouraged to seek treatment.
Depression may be treated by medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. In many cases, your primary doctor will prescribe drugs to treat depression. If you would like the additional help of a specialist in psychiatry or psychology, MDwise allows you to arrange your own visit to a mental health professional without a referral. MDwise is also available to help you find a specialist and assist you in arranging your visit.

Be sure to talk to your primary care provider if you are feeling symptoms related to depression. Together, you can come up with a plan to treat the symptoms.