A variety of effective treatments are available to help people with depression. The main categories are antidepressant medications and psychotherapies (or counseling). Some forms of depression may be treated with psychotherapy alone. Others require antidepressant drugs or a combination of drugs and counseling. Medications bring symptom relief and help correct any underlying abnormalities of brain chemicals. Counseling can help you learn more effective ways to deal with depression and the factors that originally caused or triggered it.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changes
Medications
Alternative and complementary therapies
Other treatments—therapy

There are no surgical options for the treatment of depression.