Treatment OptionsWith advances in medicine, clinical depression is now quite treatable. More than 80 percent of those who seek treatment show improvement. The most commonly used treatments are:
- Medications (antidepressants)
- Psychotherapy (see Psychotherapy for Depression)
- A combination of the two.
The treatment your healthcare provider recommends will depend on a number of factors. Some people with milder forms of depression may do well with psychotherapy alone. People with moderate to severe depression most often benefit from medication. Most people do best with a combination treatment plan.
(Click Depression Treatment for more information.)
Alternative TreatmentsComplementary and alternative treatments represent a group of diverse medical and healthcare practices and products that are not presently considered an integral part of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is used with conventional medicine, and alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine.
There are many complementary and alternative treatment options for depression, including:
- Herbs, vitamins, and other dietary supplements (see Natural Remedies for Depression)
- Acupuncture (see Acupuncture and Depression)
Keep in mind that any alternative treatments should be used only after consultation with your doctor or other healthcare provider.