How long should a person feel sad or depressed before seeking help?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Kim Penberthy explains when to seek treatment for prolonged depression.

    Host: How long should a person feel sad or depressed before seeking help?

    Dr. Kim Penberthy: Well, really again you have got to consider that people get depressed to things in their life that are upsetting. So if you have had a recent loss or a trauma or something sad has happened, those symptoms of depression are typically considered normal. It's when they are pervasive, they last for longer than two weeks or they start to interfere with your functioning that you can't go to work, you can't concentrate, you are not taking pleasure from things for two weeks or longer is really when you need to seek treatment. It is important to get treatment early because we know from the research that the earlier you seek treatment, the quicker you have emission and the more likely you are to not have further symptoms of depression later on.