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Depression treatment

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What is depression?

Depression is a mental health condition which can affect a person's ability to function.

Depression is not just sadness. It’s a disorder that needs to be treated seriously. Being told to ‘cheer up’ or ‘get over it’, won’t help someone suffering from depression, but there are many treatments that can.

Just as there are different types of depression, there are also different types of treatment. Physical, psychological, complementary and self-help solutions can all be effective, usually in combination.

There’s no one treatment for depression, but in consultation with a health care provider you can find the right treatment approach for you and start moving towards a future that is free from depression.

Not sure what to do next?

If you or someone you know are finding it difficult to manage mental health issues, try healthdirect’s symptom checker and get advice on when to seek professional help.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).


DSM (Diagnostic Criteria for Major Depressive disorder and depressive episodes,), Mayo Clinic (Depression (Major depressive disorder)), (All about treatments for depression), beyondblue (Treatments for depression)

Last reviewed: August 2017

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