Thankfully depression and chronic anxiety disorders are both treatable. In fact, the goal of treatment is now to achieve remission, or virtual freedom from symptoms. Treatment options include psychotherapy, or talk therapy, and medications. Medications affect the levels of natural occurring brain chemicals associated with the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Depression and chronic anxiety disorders are illnesses that are not well understood by most people, because of a range of factors like personal, genetics, biological, societal, and environmental are involved. Most doctors now believe that a combination of talk therapy and medications is the best way to treat these illnesses.