Depression treatment often includes medication, therapy, or a combination of both medication and therapy. On the therapy side, cognitive behavioral therapy is a common modality that has proven effective at identifying and managing the factors that contribute to depression. This type of therapy is a collaborative effort, where both a patient and a doctor work together to identify triggers and learn coping techniques.
Another effective treatment option for depression is medication. While medications are not depression “cures,” they can be used to manage the symptoms of depression. Talk to your doctor about what type of medication(s) might be right for you!
In addition to these forms of treatments, there are natural treatments that may be used under the supervision of your doctor. Such treatments include regular meditation, daily or regular exercise, eating regular meals, drinking plenty of water during the day, spending time with family, friends, and loved ones, and setting realistic expectations for one’s mood to improve gradually — rather than overnight. It is important to note that some people respond to treatment immediately, while others may take weeks, months, or even years to see full treatment benefits. We always recommend working with your doctor consistently to find the depression treatment that works best for you.