Treatments for Depression

Below is a listing of treatments and therapies for depression. Click on one to read more information or connect with others currently using it.

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Adderall (Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine)

Overview
Adderall is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity. Adderall is sometimes prescribed to treat depression. Since t... read more

Ativan (Lorazepam)

Overview
Ativan is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety. Ativan is also known by its drug name, Lorazepam.

Ativan is an anxiolytic (antianxiety medication... read more

Carbatrol (Carbamazepine)

Overview
Carbatrol is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat trigeminal neuralgia and some types of seizures. Carbatrol is sometimes prescribed to treat certain types o... read more

Celexa (Citalopram)

Overview
Celexa is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Celexa is also known by its drug name, Citalopram.

Celexa is an antidepressant of the selectiv... read more

Clozaril (Clozapine)

Overview
Clozaril is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Clozaril is sometimes prescribed to treat depression that has failed to respon... read more

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Overview
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one type of psychotherapy. A therapist may use only CBT techniques, or CBT in combination with other types of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy may be used to treat de... read more

Complementary and alternative treatments (CAT)

Overview
Complementary and alternative treatments (CAT) are popular with many people who have depression. CAT modalities for depression may include herbal or nutritional supplements, acupuncture, yoga, and med... read more

Cymbalta (Duloxetine)

Overview
Cymbalta is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, anxiety, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and chronic musculoskeletal pain. Cymbalt... read more

Depakene (Valproic acid)

Overview
Depakene is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat epilepsy. Depakene is sometimes prescribed to treat depressive symptoms in people with bipolar disorder. Sin... read more

Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine)

Overview
Dexedrine is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity. Dexedrine is sometimes prescribed to treat de... read more

Effexor (Venlafaxine)

Overview
Effexor is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. Effexor... read more

Elavil (Amitriptyline)

Overview
Elavil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Elavil is also known by its drug name, Amitriptyline.

Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant. El... read more

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Overview
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a medical procedure sometimes used to treat severe cases of depression that don’t respond to therapy or medication. ECT may be used to treat depression characterized... read more

Emsam (Selegiline)

Overview
Emsam is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder in people 12 years and older. Emsam is also known by its drug name, Selegiline.

E... read more

Eskalith (Lithium)

Overview
Eskalith is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat manic episodes in people with bipolar disorder. Eskalith is sometimes prescribed for people with major depre... read more

Exercise

Overview
Exercise can help everyone stay healthy and feel their best. For people with depression, regular exercise can improve mood, help balance neurotransmitters in the brain, and lessen or prevent anxiety.
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Fetzima (Levomilnacipran)

Overview
Fetzima is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder. Fetzima is also known by its drug name, Levomilnacipran.

Fetzima is an antidep... read more

Fisher Wallace Stimulator

Overview
The Fisher Wallace Stimulator is a device cleared by the FDA to treat depression, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain.

What does it involve?
The Fisher Wallace Stimulator is a small, handhe... read more

Interpersonal therapy (IPT)

Overview
Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is one type of psychotherapy. A therapist may use only IPT techniques, or IPT in combination with other types of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy may be used to treat depressio... read more

Ketamine

Overview
Ketamine is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used an an anesthetic. Ketamine is sometimes used to treat depression. Since the FDA has not approved Ketamine ... read more

Klonopin (Clonazepam)

Overview
Klonopin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat seizures and panic disorder. Klonopin is also known by its drug name, Clonazepam.

Klonopin is an anxioly... read more

Lamictal (Lamotrigine)

Overview
Lamictal is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder. Lamictal is sometimes prescribed for people with major depressive disorder wh... read more

Latuda (Lurasidone)

Overview
Latuda is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat schizophrenia and depressive episodes associated with bipolar depression. Latuda is also known by its drug nam... read more

Lexapro (Escitalopram)

Overview
Lexapro is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder in adults and in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. Lexapro is also known b... read more

Light Therapy

Overview
Light therapy is a treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which may contribute to depression in some people. People with SAD feel more depressed in fall and winter, when there is less daylig... read more

Marplan (Isocarboxazid)

Overview
Marplan is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression when other antidepressants have failed. Marplan is also known by its drug name, Isocarboxazid.

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Nardil (Phenelzine)

Overview
Nardil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain types of depression when other antidepressants have failed. Nardil is also known by its drug name, Phe... read more

Neurontin (Gabapentin)

Overview
Neurontin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat postherpetic neuralgia and some types of seizures. Neurontin is sometimes prescribed to treat depression an... read more

Norpramin (Desipramine)

Overview
Norpramin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of depression. Norpramin is also known by its drug name, Desipramine.

Norpramin is a tri... read more

Nutrition

Overview
Like everyone else, people with depression feel their best when they consistently eat a healthy, balanced diet. For those with depression, good nutrition may help improve mood and lessen symptoms of d... read more

OIeptro (Trazodone)

Overview
Oleptro is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder in adults. Oleptro is also referred to by its drug name, Trazodone.

Oleptro is a... read more

Pamelor (Nortriptyline)

Overview
Pamelor is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of depression. Pamelor is also known by its drug name, Nortriptyline.

Pamelor is a tricycl... read more

Parnate (Tranylcypromine)

Overview
Parnate is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive episodes in adults under close medical supervision. Parnate is also known by its drug name, ... read more

Paxil (Paroxetine)

Overview
Paxil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Paxil is also known by its drug name, Paroxetine... read more

Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine)

Overview
Pristiq is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depression disorder. Pristiq is also known by its drug name, Desvenlafaxine.

Pristiq is an antidepr... read more

Provigil (Modafinil)

Overview
Provigil is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of excessive sleepiness associated with narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and shift work d... read more

Prozac (Fluoxetine)

Overview
Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Prozac is also ... read more

Psychotherapy

Overview
Psychotherapy, also known simply as therapy, is a common treatment for depression. Therapy may be used to treat depression on its own or in combination with antidepressant medications.

What does it... read more

Remeron (Mirtazapine)

Overview
Remeron is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression in adults. Remeron is also referred to by its drug name, Mirtazapine.

Remeron is an atypical an... read more

Rexulti (Brexpiprazole)

Overview
Rexulti is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an adjunctive (add-on) therapy to antidepressants for treating major depressive disorder. Rexulti is also known by ... read more

Risperdal (Risperidone)

Overview
Risperdal is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder. Risperdal is also known by its drug... read more

Risperdal Consta (Risperidone)

Overview
Risperdal Consta is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for maintenance treatment of bipolar I disorder. Risperdal Consta is also known by its drug name, Risperidone... read more

Ritalin (Methylphenidate)

Overview
Ritalin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit disorders. Ritalin is sometimes prescribed to treat depression. Since the FD... read more

Savella (Milnacipran)

Overview
Savella is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat fibromyalgia. Savella is sometimes prescribed to treat depression. Since the FDA has not approved Savella spe... read more

Seroquel XR (Quetiapine)

Overview
Seroquel XR is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of bipolar disorder and some types of depression. Seroquel XR is also known by its drug name, Qu... read more

Sinequan (Doxepin)

Overview
Sinequan is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat several types of depression. Sinequan is also referred to by its drug name, Doxepin.

Sinequan is a tricyc... read more

Spravato (Esketamine)

Overview
Spravato is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults whose depression has not been effectively treated by other antidepressant medicines. Spravato is tak... read more

Tegretol (Carbamazepine)

Overview
Tegretol is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat trigeminal neuralgia and some types of seizures. Tegretol is sometimes prescribed to treat certain types of ... read more

Tofranil (Imipramine)

Overview
Tofranil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Tofranil is also known by its drug name, Imipramine.

Tofranil is a tricyclic antidepressant.... read more

Topamax (Topiramate)

Overview
Topamax is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat epilepsy and migraines. Topamax is sometimes prescribed to treat depression. Since the FDA has not approved T... read more

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

Overview
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a medical procedure sometimes used to treat severe cases of depression that don’t respond to therapy or medication. TMS may also be considered as treatment f... read more

Trintellix (Vortioxetine)

Overview
Trintellix is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder. Trintellix is also referred to by its drug name, Vortioxetine. Trintellix was p... read more

Valium (Diazepam)

Overview
Valium is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety. Valium is also known by its drug name, Diazepam.

Valium is an anxiolytic (antianxiety medication)... read more

Viibryd (Vilazodone)

Overview
Viibryd is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder. Viibryd is also referred to by its drug name, Vilazodone.

Viibryd is an atypica... read more

Vivactyl (Protriptyline)

Overview
Vivactil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression in people who are under close medical supervision. Vivactil is also known by its drug name, Protr... read more

Wellbutrin (Bupropion)

Overview
Wellbutrin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder. Wellbutrin is also known by its drug name, Bupropion.

Wellbutrin is an atyp... read more

Xanax (Alprazolam)

Overview
Xanax is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety. Xanax is also known by its drug name, Alprazolam.

Xanax is an anxiolytic (antianxiety medication) ... read more

Zoloft (Sertraline)

Overview
Zoloft is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder in adults. Zoloft is also known by its drug name, Sertraline.

Zoloft is an antid... read more

Zyprexa (Olanzapine)

Overview
Zyprexa is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of schizophrenia. Zyprexa is sometimes prescribed to treat depression that has failed to respond to ... read more

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