Originally published at rscpp.co.uk:
If you’re struggling with depression, it can be difficult to know which treatments will be most effective or suitable for you. Some people worry about the side effects of taking medication, while others may feel nervous about telling a stranger about their problems and worries. The good news is that there are plenty of options, many of which are recommended as effective and evidence-based by medical experts – and you don’t have to choose just one. Many of the following options can be used in combination with each other to help you gain greater control and mastery over your depression.
‘Talking therapy’ is the name given to any treatment that involves sitting down with a psychologist, counsellor, or other type of therapist, and talking about your problems.
If your depression is mild or moderate, talking therapies can be used as effective stand-alone methods for treating depression – meaning they can be used as an alternative to anti-depressants.
Unlike medication, talking therapies aim to tackle the cause of your difficulties, rather than just the symptoms of depression. As such, they can also help you identify early warning signs and prevent future relapses into depression.
Depending on your particular needs, and what you want to achieve through therapy, there are a number of different options that can be effective for treating depression.