Complementary, or 'alternative' treatments can support or even is some case replace conventional treatments for depression. Research on acupuncture, herbal medicines (including St John's Wort), and aromatherapy for example suggests that these treatments can help to reduce anxiety and to alleviate mild depression. You should always talk to your GP before opting for a complementary treatment.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is very occasionally offered to people with severe depression, usually if other treatments are found to be either unsuitable or unhelpful. Ask your GP for more information about this treatment.3 Things to Remember about Treatments for Depression
- 1. Treatment for depression can involve a variety of different approaches; these could include antidepressant medication, psychological therapy, or self-help options. Often people find that a combination of these work best.
- 2. Antidepressants work by normalising the activity levels of certain chemicals in the brain. They are not addictive! To maximise their effectiveness you should take them exactly as they are prescribed.
- 3. Psychological therapies can help you to explore any underlying problems that may have contributed to your depression. There are lots of different kinds of therapy, the most common of which are cognitive therapy, interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.