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How is depression treatment determined for each person?

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Once you have a depression diagnosis, your doctor will discuss the different depression treatment options with you. The kind of depression treatment that's best for you depends on the type of depression you have. For example, some patients with clinical depression are treated with psychotherapy, and some are prescribed antidepressants. Others are prescribed both antidepressants and psychotherapy. Other medicines besides traditional antidepressants -- such as mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics, and stimulants -- are also sometimes recommended, and effective treatment often requires a combination of medicines.  Sometimes when medicines don't work or symptoms require very urgent treatment,  electroconvulsive therapy (ECT,  also called electroshock therapy) may be recommended. This treatment may be used with severely depressed patients who do not respond to standard depression treatment options.

Whatever depression treatment your doctor prescribes, it's important to understand that there are no "instant" solutions. You may have to try different antidepressants to find the most effective drug for you. In addition, you'll have to take the antidepressant for several weeks to see if it benefits you at all. Being patient is important. Trust your doctor to know your personal history. With that, he or she can find the best depression treatment options that improve your mood.