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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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