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Treatment For Depression


There are various types of treatment for depression.  This article will explore what they are.  They include medication, specifically antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics, as well as psychotherapy, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy.  A last resort treatment for depression is ECT.


According, the first type of treatment for depression is medication, specifically antidepressants.  The most common type of antidepressants prescribed by psychiatrists are called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs).  According to, the most commonly prescribed SSRIs include Prozac (fluoxetine), Paxil (paroxetine), Zoloft (sertraline) and Luvox (fluvoxamine).

Side Effects Of SSRIs

SSRIs also have side effects too that are worth mentioning.  According to, if you are taking SSRIs you can experience nausea, insomnia, diarrhea, agitation, and even a headache.  However, it is common for these side effects to disappear within 3-4 weeks.

Medication-Atypical Antidepressants

According to, the second type of treatment for depression is atypical antidepressants.  Atypical antidepressants are prescribed by doctors when SSRIs are not effective.  According to, examples of atypical antidepressants include nefazodone (Serzone), trazodone (Desyrel), and bupropion (Wellbutrin).

Psychotherapy-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

According to, psychotherapy is another type of treatment for depression, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy.  In fact, cognitive behavioral therapy is the most common type of psychotherapy for depression.  The main emphasis in cognitive behavioral therapy is targeting one’s thoughts or belief patterns.  The foundation of cognitive behavioral therapy is the abc model.  The A is the activating event, the B is one’s beliefs, and the C is one’s consequences, which can be emotional and behavioral.  Many people believe A causes an individual to act and feel a certain way.  However, it is actually the reverse.  It is actually B that causes someone to act and feel a certain way.  Therfore, the meaning we attach to a certain event causes us to act and feel a certain way.  Once we change our belief patterns we can change our actions and feelings.

Ectroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

On a final note, according to, ectroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is another treatment method for depression.  ECT is a last resort for the treatment for depression.  To mention, ECT can cause memory loss, as well.


To end this article, a variety of treatment methods have been mentioned for the treatment of depression.  They include medication, including antidepressants and atypical antidepressants.  In addition, they also include psychotherapy, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy.  On a final note, a last resort treatment for depression is ECT.  As mentioned in this article, ECT is a last resort treatment as it can cause memory loss.



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Treatment For Depression

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). Treatment For Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 13, 2020, from


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