Every person with a mood disorder should receive a clinical evaluation to determine the course of treatment.

Treatment usually begins with a clinical evaluation during which a trained clinician should ask for a complete history of symptoms, alcohol and/or other drug use, thoughts of suicide or death, family history of depression, suicide, and bipolar disorder, and home/ school/ work life. After a clinical evaluation, treatment may consist of talk therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, or a combination of the three.

If your loved one’s healthcare provider is not accounting for their preferences, priorities, and goals in treating their depression, they may not be getting the treatment that is right for them. Our depression treatment series on Care for Your Mind provides information and strategies for helping your loved one to get their voice heard in seeking to get well.