By: David Woo, MD
Common treatments for depression range from medications to newer therapies such as TMS to natural supplements. Here are their pros and cons.
According to a recent study by Blue Cross Blue Shield, cases of major depression are on the rise all across the United States. As more people seek treatment for depression symptoms, they may be puzzled by the variety of care options available.
Common treatments range from the most common antidepressants to new therapies like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to natural supplements for depression. Moreover, it can be hard to tell which of these are backed by scientific evidence and research and which are not.
At our practice, we encourage our patients to take an active role in their health by researching their treatment options and speaking with us about their needs and concerns.
We choose to specialize in providing TMS therapy because it has been proven time and again to be effective in treating symptoms of major depression. But it’s also true that any single treatment may not work for everyone. Further, the path to full remission from depression can involve several different therapies.
Decisions about depression treatment should always be made with your doctor, but we encourage you to take a look so that you can remain informed about the options available.
The most common treatments for depression
In the section below, we’ve compared some of the most common treatments for depression:
- Medication therapy
- Talk therapy
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation
- Electroconvulsive therapy
- St. John’s Wort
- Solar lamps
The scientific basis for treatment
Antidepressants treat the symptoms of depression by affecting how the neurotransmitters of the brain behave. This ultimately…