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Treatment for Depression

There are many treatment options for depression, depending on:

  • severity factors (intensity and duration of symptoms),
  • individual factors (level of motivation, treatment adherence, psychological-mindedness, resilience, etc.), and
  • contextual factors (deployment status, operational demands, proximity and availability to consistently participate in care, concurrent treatment for other health conditions, etc.).

Treatment options include psychoeducation and self-management, monotherapy (psychotherapy or pharmacotherapy), combination psychotherapy and antidepressants, somatic treatment, inpatient and residential treatment. A good reference for assessment, treatment, and health care management of depression according to the clinical practice guideline is the VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Major Depressive Disorder Pocket Card.

Psychotherapy for Depression

Describes recommended treatment options for depression

Psychotherapy for Depression

Pharmacotherapy for Depression

Describes medication options for the treatment of depression

Pharmacotherapy for Depression

Psychoeducation for Depression

Describes psychoeducation which should be provided to all patients on depression treatment options and self-management strategies

Psychoeducation for Depression

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