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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