1. MedicationsThe first-line treatment for depression is an antidepressant. In the STAR*D study, which assessed the effectiveness of depression treatment, about one-third of patients achieved complete remission of their symptoms with the first antidepressant they were given, while another 10 to 15 percent experienced at least a 50 percent improvement in their symptoms. As treatment levels were added, such as switching medications or adding an additional medication, remission rates increased. Seventy percent of those who stuck with the study until the fourth level of treatment became symptom-free.
2. PsychotherapyPsychotherapy is often called "talk therapy" because it involves the patient and the psychotherapist sitting in a room talking. However, psychotherapy is more than just casual chatting. Psychotherapists are trained in techniques which can help the patient with mental illness, behavior issues or personal growth.
Psychotherapy in conjunction with medication is considering to be the most effective treatment for depression.