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A variety of effective treatments are available to help people with depression. The main types of treatment are antidepressant medications and therapy. Some forms of depression may be treated with psychotherapy alone. Others require antidepressant drugs or a combination of drugs and therapy. Medications 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:

There are no surgical options for the treatment of depression.

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Major depressive disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Available at: Updated March 31, 2016. Accessed August 11, 2016.

Depression alternative treatments. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Available at: Updated May 19, 2016. Accessed August 11, 2016.

Antidepressant medication overview. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Available at: Updated March 31, 2016. Accessed August 11, 2016.

Depression. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml. Accessed August 11, 2016.

Last reviewed August 2016 by Michael Woods, MD  Last Updated: 9/17/2014

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