How is depression treated?

Pathway, sunshiineCognitive behaviour therapy

Treatment for depression can involve a course of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. This treatment consists of a variety of behaviour change strategies, such as the person learning how to identify and challenge any thoughts that may be fuelling the sadness.


Medical treatment                                                                                       
Medical treatments for depression include:        
  • Antidepressants

  • Mood stabilisers

  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), which is used for a small number of people with very severe depression or mania (feeling excessively ‘high’ for a considerable period of time)

  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) uses an electromagnet on the scalp generating magnetic field pulses which pass through the skin and skull, stimulating underlying brain areas (mainly used when people have tried other treatments)

  • Complementary medicine (e.g. St John's Wort, for mild depression)

Last Updated : 22-Sep-2013