Medicine
Fact Checked

What are the Best Depression Treatments?

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Depression treatments very much depend upon the individual. It would be difficult to determine the best one that would apply to an entire population because there are so many ways in which depression can be addressed. When depressive illness is major, the mental health community takes a two-pronged approach to depression treatments and recommends both medication and therapy as the best depression treatment.

The trouble with suggesting there’s only one method is that numerous medications exist to address this illness, and there are even different types of therapy. Common medications include certain classes of drugs, and those most often used are either selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Another class of medications called tricyclics may be used too. Within each of these classes there are several drugs to choose from, and individual response is not always predictable.

Counseling can help people who are suffering from depression.
Counseling can help people who are suffering from depression.

In most cases, psychiatrists view SSRIs as the best depression treatments with medication initially. However if these are ineffective or a person is not responding well to them, MAOIs and tricyclics can be tried instead. In certain circumstances these medications will not work alone, and depression that is paired with anxiety or that results from mood swings associated with cyclothymia or bipolar disorder require mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety meds or atypical antipsychotic medications. Some people are not responsive to any depression meds tried, and doctors may suggest electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which may help resolve depressive episodes.

Support groups may be very helpful for someone suffering from depression.
Support groups may be very helpful for someone suffering from depression.

Therapy is a valuable part of most depression treatments and there are several types. Some believe that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) offers the best depression treatment, especially for short-term cases of depression. This type of therapy is really a method for teaching people how to understand their thoughts and feelings in a different context, and to identify core feelings that may be driving devastating thought patterns or actions. Others benefit more from therapy that is traditional talk therapy, and there are many different schools of thought on how talk therapy takes place, from the traditional Freudian to more modern methods like psychodynamic.

It's imperative that depressed people get plenty of sleep and eat a nutritious diet to help alleviate depression and fatigue.
It's imperative that depressed people get plenty of sleep and eat a nutritious diet to help alleviate depression and fatigue.

Part of finding the best depression treatments may be determining cause. People who have significant depression due to grief or trauma might not require drug treatment as the feelings may cease with adequate therapeutic support. In other cases depression is not situational, and arrives in people’s lives when least expected. These people may have significant chemical imbalances that once corrected restore a sense of calm and well-being. However, this condition is seldom due to one thing only and therapy usually points to several causes of depression, while medication may address some of its symptoms.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

You might also Like

Discuss this Article

Post your comments
Login:
Forgot password?
Register:
    • Counseling can help people who are suffering from depression.
      By: Alexander Raths
      Counseling can help people who are suffering from depression.
    • Support groups may be very helpful for someone suffering from depression.
      By: Nikki Zalewski
      Support groups may be very helpful for someone suffering from depression.
    • It's imperative that depressed people get plenty of sleep and eat a nutritious diet to help alleviate depression and fatigue.
      By: zea_lenanet
      It's imperative that depressed people get plenty of sleep and eat a nutritious diet to help alleviate depression and fatigue.
    • People who have severe depression due to grief might not require drug treatment, as the feelings may cease with time.
      By: Antonio Gravante
      People who have severe depression due to grief might not require drug treatment, as the feelings may cease with time.
    • Depression may be situational or arise unexpectedly.
      By: ivolodina
      Depression may be situational or arise unexpectedly.
    • Allowing people to dwell on their circumstances is usually harmful for people who have depression.
      By: joyb0218
      Allowing people to dwell on their circumstances is usually harmful for people who have depression.
    • Part of finding the best depression treatment may be determining the cause.
      By: stokkete
      Part of finding the best depression treatment may be determining the cause.
    • Religion might help some people overcome their depression.
      By: Magdalena Kucova
      Religion might help some people overcome their depression.
    • Anti-depressants are often part of a depression treatment plan.
      By: ambrozinio
      Anti-depressants are often part of a depression treatment plan.
    • The affection of a pet can help with feelings of depression.
      By: Сергей Чирков
      The affection of a pet can help with feelings of depression.