Therapy can be effective in treating clinical depression,
especially depression that is less severe.
Scientific studies have shown that short term (10-20 weeks)
courses of therapy are often helpful in treating depression.
Cognitive/behavioral therapy helps change negative styles of
thinking and behavior that may contribute to clinical
Interpersonal therapy focuses on dealing more effectively with
other people, working to change relationships that can cause
or worsen clinical depression.
Electro convulsive therapy (ECT)
This treatment is recommended when people cannot take or do
not improve with medication when the risk of suicide is high,
or if someone is debilitated due to another physical illness.
In the past few years, much interest has risen in the use of
herbs in the treatment of both depression and anxiety.
Hypericum perforatum, an herb used extensively in the
treatment of mild to moderate depression in Europe, has
recently aroused interest around the world. However, the
scientific studies that have been conducted on its use have
been short-term and have used several different doses.