I'm starting to fall into a depression again. What can I do? I had my mood under control for over ten years.

Answered by: Ramin Parsey

Unfortunately for many people depression is a recurring illness; many who have one episode go on to have a second and third episode if untreated.

If you are noticing signs of a recurrence the best thing to do is seek professional help as soon as possible. If you were or are in the treatment of a mental health professional, then make an appointment to see that person again. If not, then find someone new. There are many proven effective treatments, including several classes of medication as well as several forms of therapy.

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Ramin Parsey, M.D./PH.D.
Director of the Brain Imaging Division, Department of Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology 

Ramin V. Parsey M.D. Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and the Director of the Brain Imaging Core of the Silvio O. Conte Center for the Neurobiology of Mental Disorders, at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Department of Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology. His areas of expertise include magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography (PET) studies in mood disorders.

Dr. Parsey graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. His Ph.D....
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