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Depression treatment

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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, pharmacological (medicines), 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.

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Last reviewed: August 2019


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