Other Treatments for Depression


Depressed? 12 Mental Tricks to Turn It Around

No matter what the cause of depression, negative thinking can keep you from getting better. Find out how to break the cycle and get to a happier place using these 12 tips recommended by therapists.   View slideshow


13 Drugs That Can Make You Gain Weight

About 70% of people in the United States are overweight and, in a catch-22, many of the drugs used to treat conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure can cause weight gain. Here are 13 drugs that could cause you to put on pounds.   View slideshow


12 Nondrug Remedies for Depression

Depression affects nearly 16 million Americans annually, and a large portion of those people take antidepressant drugs. If you don't respond to antidepressants (or even if you do), you may want to explore nondrug remedies to lift your depression.   View slideshow

Supplements for Depression: What Works, What Doesn’t

The multibillion-dollar market for dietary supplements is filled with products that claim to boost mood or improve depression. But don’t believe everything you read on a label.  Read More


10 Myths and Facts About Shock Therapy

When most people think of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), or shock therapy, they imagine a strapped-down patient writhing in pain, or an outdated, barbaric treatment no longer in use. Here are some common myths and facts about the procedure.   View slideshow

Can Psychedelic Drugs Treat Depression?

Researchers around the country have begun to explore whether hallucinogens and other illegal drugs can help treat intractable depression, anxiety, and other mental-health problems.  Read More


31 Ways to Boost Your Mood Naturally

Managing the symptoms of depression requires a practical, proactive approach—and patience with yourself. These strategies may help.   View calendar


Foods to Boost Your Mood

Though the findings are debated, some research suggests lack of certain vitamins and minerals may be linked to depression.   View slideshow


Vagus Nerve Stimulation Relieved Her Depression

A mother of three lost a decade to mental illness. Now she is smiling again
After years of therapy, drugs, and psychiatric hospitals, Beth Jerman, 40, of Huntsville, Ala., had given up hope. But her husband never did. He successfully lobbied their insurer to cover the $70,000 cost of a controversial treatment for severe depression. Now Jerman is back to being "a normal mom."   Read More

How Omega-3 Fatty Acids Can Relieve Depression

Mounting evidence suggests fish like salmon really is brain food
Overfed and overweight, it seems unlikely that most Americans would be deficient in fat. But there is one we are missing: omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, flaxseed, and some nuts. It is thought that this deficiency may cause or worsen depression in some people...   Read More

How Exercise May Boost Your Mood

The research is mixed, but many depression sufferers swear by it
If Jennisse Peatick, 36, ever had to stop exercising—well, the idea leaves her almost speechless. She doesn't know what would happen. "I started exercising because I was getting fat and I realized it was helping me deal with my ongoing depression," she says...   Read More