Non-Medical Treatments for Depression

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Non-Medicinal Treatments for Depression


There are many different types of psychotherapy available to assist in the treatment of depression. As previously stated, combining medical therapy with psychotherapy is more effective than either therapy used alone. Types of psychotherapy include Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Therapy, Group Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Supportive Psychotherapy.

For more information on any of the different types of psychotherapy and on which type is most appropriate for your situation, please contact your specially trained healthcare provider.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Although this procedure has derived a “bad name” from various movies and other elements of pop culture, ECT is actually an extremely effective treatment for depression as well as many other mood and psychiatric disorders. Additionally, the effects of ECT can be seen much earlier than those of other therapies, which is additionally helpful in psychotic or suicidal patients. ECT usually requires multiple treatment sessions to achieve lasting effectiveness.

Of note, advances in short-term anesthesia have made ECT very safe for most patients. Nonetheless, a thorough medical work-up with a trained physician should be undergone prior to beginning ECT therapy.

Bright-Light Therapy (BLT)

BLT has been proven effective for seasonal effective disorder and may be effective for other types of depression, especially as a supplement to medical therapy. This therapy is also very low risk. Please consult your medical professional to see if BLT is appropriate for your condition.

Other Therapies

There are several additional therapies currently being studied for depression that is resistant to currently used methods of treatment. Please talk to your specially trained medical professional if you think one of these treatments might be necessary for you.