b'Psychotropic medication is one proven treatment. It often takes two to four weeks for antidepressants to start having an effect and six to twelve weeks for antidepressants to have their full effect.Education about how these medications work and the risks of inconsistent use is an essential part of the treatment plan. Psychotherapy is another effective treatment and has been shown to be particularly effective in relapse prevention after medication has been discontinued. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT) and behavioral activation all have been found to effectively treat MDD. More severe MDD may be more likely to respond to a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Additionally, peer education and support can promote recovery. Attention to lifestyle, including diet, exercise and smoking cessation, are also important aspects of recovery.Resources: Self-Assessment: mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/default.aspx?&n=1 Understanding Major Depression and Recovery, nami.org National Institute of Mental Health, nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/index.shtml EsperanzaHope to Cope with Anxiety and Depression, hopetocope.com The Depression Sourcebook. Quinn, Brian P. 1997. The Peace of Mind Prescription. Charney, Dennis S., M.D. and Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D. with Stephen Braun. 2004.Mental Health Concerns162'