Fewer than two-thirds of people with depression ever seek treatment. One reason is that many people still do not consider depression an illness that can or should be treated by a medical professional. However, more than 80% of people with depression can be successfully treated.
Treatment for depression usually utilizes medication or therapy or both. A proper diagnosis is essential for determining the correct treatment, as different types of depression are treated with different medications.
Many insurance companies are reluctant to authorize psychotherapy for treatment of depression, since it is more expensive than a course of medication, but for many people with depression, psychotherapy is an important component of a treatment plan, especially if they have been depressed for a long time. It’s worth challenging your insurance company’s decision if they deny psychotherapy treatment.