Psychologist Questions Depression

Will my depression go on its own?

I'm 38 years old and I have depression. Should I see a doctor or will it go on its own?

12 Answers

It is possible that depression can go away on its own. However, in many cases, the depression worsens before it has a chance to get better, which is why prompt treatment is strongly encouraged.
It is highly recommended that you see a doctor if your depression persists more than two weeks.

Thank you for your question. I recommend that you see a doctor and seek out professional support for depression. It will not necessarily go away on it's own so some therapeutic and/or medication services could assist in the process to help you feel better sooner and alleviate depressive symptoms faster.
I hope this has been helpful!


Jenna Torres, PsyD
It depends. There are researches that tell us that most depression will go away on its own after 4 to 6 months. However, if it's a type of depression that is debilitating you and you cannot function normally, you should look for both psychiatric (meds) and psychological (talk) help to get a good treatment for it.

Be well,

Dr. Rosana Marzullo-Dove
Hello, it really depends on how long you’ve been depressed, and what the other circumstances are that may be occurring. If you’ve had recurrent episodes- Therapy, possible medication consultation, and a self care regimen are absolutely essential to address it. The good news is that there are proven strategies that do work to help with distress and symptoms.
It would depend on the cause. If you recently suffered from something like the loss of a family member or friend, the depression could go away on its own. If it has been several months or you cannot pin point a cause, seeking help from a professional would be recommended. I personally recommend doing therapy with a professional before considering medications, if possible. Regardless of the cause or length of time suffering from depression, seeking professional help can't hurt.


Ashley Frantz, PhD
The key issue is to acknowledge how long in duration have you been experiencing depression. Perhaps you should visit you doctor to rule out any medical causality. If the results are negative, it would suggest the reason for depression would would be psychological and consulting with a therapist would be recommended.
It depends. If you have had depression throughout your life then yes a doctor visit could be helpful. If this is your first time dealing with depression it may go away on it's own. Either way if the depression lasts for over two weeks, talking to a professional could be helpful.
You should look into finding a therapist
See a doctor after 3-4 months if it still occurs.
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Then consider seeking professional help from a psychiatrist/psychologist team.
Unfortunately, depression does not go away on its own. There is a reason why you are depressed and until you find out the reason, you will still be depressed. I urge you to consult a counselor.