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Treatments for Depression

A variety of effective treatments are available to help people with depression . The main types of treatment are antidepressant medicines and therapy. Some forms of depression may be treated with psychotherapy alone. Others require antidepressant drugs or a combination of drugs and therapy. Medicines bring symptom relief and help correct any underlying abnormalities of certain brain chemicals. Therapy can help you learn more effective ways to deal with depression and the factors that caused or triggered it.
Treatment involves the following:
Lifestyle changesMedicationsAlternative and complementary therapiesOther treatments—therapy
There are no surgical options for the treatment of depression.

References

Depression. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/ . Updated July 19, 2012. Accessed July 30, 2012.

Depression. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-easy-to-read/depression-trifold.pdf . Accessed July 30, 2012.

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