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Depression: Management and Treatment Options

Try to remember that overcoming depression will take time, and you’ll need to stay strong through some of the tougher days. Still, overcoming depression is possible!

Management and Treatment

Psychiatrists are physicians who are also trained as mental health professionals. Psychiatrists have special training in mental illnesses, including depression, schizophrenia and suicidal behavior. There are a number of psychological treatments or therapies used for depression, including cognitive therapy and cognitive behavior therapy. Talk to your doctor or therapist about the best approach for you.

Medication. There are several different types of antidepressant medication, which are prescribed by doctors or psychiatrists. It’s best to ask about what options you have, how the medication will affect you, and how to take the medication safely.

Hospitalization may be necessary if your depression is particularly severe or if you are suicidal.

Self-help. Along with seeking treatment to manage depression, there are a number of things you can do that may help when you are feeling depressed. Some of these include eating well, being active, getting outside, taking time out to relax, talking to someone, joining a support group, and setting small goals

Call a crisis line. If you’re having difficulty talking to people you know, call a hot line. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) and the Boys Town National Hotline (1-800-448-3000)


Acknowledgement: This fact sheet was originally developed by youth and staff at ReachOut.com, a website that helps teens get through tough times. 

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