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If you are diagnosed with depression, here's some good news: Excellent treatment options are available to you.

Many people use a combination of treatments, such as medication and psychotherapy. For depression that doesn't respond to standard treatment, non-drug approaches can be effective, either alone or used with other treatments.

Learn more here about the most common approaches to treating depression.

Talk Therapy for Depression

Talking with a trained therapist is one of the best treatments. Some people choose to be in therapy for several months to work on a few key issues. Other people find it helpful to continue in therapy for years, gradually working through larger problems. The choice is up to you and your therapist. Here are some common types of therapy:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you see how behaviors and the way you think about things plays a role in your depression. Your therapist will help you change some of these unhealthy patterns.
  • Interpersonal therapy focuses on your relationships with other people and how they affect you. Your therapist will also help you pinpoint and change unhealthy habits.
  • Problem-solving therapy focuses on the specific problems you face and helps you find solutions.

Medicines for Depression

Medicines are the other key treatment for depression. If one antidepressant doesn't work well, you might try a similar one or a different kind. Your doctor might also try changing the dose. In some cases, he or she might recommend taking more than one medication for your depression. There are now dozens of antidepressants that your doctor can choose from. They include: