There are many different ways to treat depression, and for most people recovery starts with a visit to the GP. Once your GP understands your symptoms and has reached a diagnosis, you’ll need to agree on a treatment together. The treatment your GP suggests will depend on the severity of your symptoms and the local services available, but it’s your choice so you’ll need to agree on it together as a partnership. The more comfortable and informed you feel about your treatment the more likely it is to help you through recovery.

Treatment for depression comes under three main areas, and most people find it helpful to explore them in combination.

Self help


Talking therapies

Click on the links above for help from our What You Should Know About Depression site.

If you have moderate-severe depression you may find your GP talks mainly about medication and talking therapies, but you can also ask them about self help or start exploring it yourself when you feel well enough.