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What is psychotherapy?

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Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, is when you meet with a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or other trained mental health professional. You learn new ways to handle the challenges and mindset that depression can bring on.

If your depression is mild to moderate, psychotherapy may work as well as an antidepressant.

From: Depression Treatment: Your Options WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?" "Brain Stimulation Therapies."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

Mental Health America: Mpower: "Facts about Depression and Suicide."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Psychotherapy: How it works and how it can help."

American Psychiatric Association.  , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association.  , American Psychiatric, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R.   Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

George, M.  , May 2010. Archives of General Psychiatry

Connolly, K.  , April 2012. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

UptoDate.com: “Patient Information: Depression Treatment Options for Adults (Beyond the Basics.”

Blumenthal, J.  , July-August 2012. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal

MedlinePlus.gov: “Drugs, Herbs and Supplements.”

Mayo Clinic: “Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs),” “Tricyclic antidepressants and tetracyclic antidepressants.”

Psychiatry : “Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) and Treatment of Depression: To the Brainstem and Beyond.”

Medscape: “Vagus Nerve Stimulation Effective in Resistant Depression.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 9, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?" "Brain Stimulation Therapies."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

Mental Health America: Mpower: "Facts about Depression and Suicide."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Psychotherapy: How it works and how it can help."

American Psychiatric Association.  , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association.  , American Psychiatric, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R.   Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

George, M.  , May 2010. Archives of General Psychiatry

Connolly, K.  , April 2012. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

UptoDate.com: “Patient Information: Depression Treatment Options for Adults (Beyond the Basics.”

Blumenthal, J.  , July-August 2012. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal

MedlinePlus.gov: “Drugs, Herbs and Supplements.”

Mayo Clinic: “Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs),” “Tricyclic antidepressants and tetracyclic antidepressants.”

Psychiatry : “Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) and Treatment of Depression: To the Brainstem and Beyond.”

Medscape: “Vagus Nerve Stimulation Effective in Resistant Depression.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 9, 2017

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