What are the treatment options for major depression?

Major Depression. Psychotherapy, both individual & group, as well as medication management.
Depression remedies. Include exercising, engaging in social interaction & engrossing activities, practicing gratitude, doing kind things for others, learning and practicing stress management, developing and committing to meaningful goals, avoiding negative thinking & negative comparisons with others, and talking to empathic & trusted people. If those aren't enough, talk to a mental health professional.
There are options. Both psychotherapy and medications have bee shown to be helpful for people with major depressive disorder. The combination of both medication and therapy is even better for most people. Other treatments include ect. Newer treatments are being studied. The vast majority of people with this illness get better with treatment. Some people can get better without formal treatment.

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9 antidepressants didn't work, still suffer from major depression, what are other treatment options for the depression?

Misdignosed. Well.....There is a good chance you have a different diagnosis than major depression. You may have features of it, but the real one is different. Also, when you say they didn't work, what do you mean? Did you try them long enough? Did any of them work initially but quit working later? Are there any unresolved life issues that you are trying to mitigate by taking antidepressants? Let us know! Read more...
Re-eval. When this kind of things happens then we need to start thinking about a misdiagnosis. You should get re-evaluated to clarify your diagnosis of depression. If this is indeed mdd then there are diferent options to deal with treatment resistant depression like adjunctive therapy with a antidepressant with a mood stabilizer, combination of antidepressant or electro convulsive therapy. Read more...
Still have options. Assuming you've taken antidepressants in all classes (ssris: e.g. Prozac, zoloft; snris: cymbalta, (duloxetine) effexor; ne/da reuptake inhibitor wellbutrin; mixed action: remeron; tca's: e.g. Imipramine, desipramine), then either you should try an maoi (parnate or nardil), which work well for treatment refractory depression, or you may have bipolar depression, which requires different types of medications. Read more...
Other meds. Other classes of meds may work. Diagnosis needs to be reconfirmed. May benefit from electroconvulsive therapy as last resort. Ect is done under a short general anesthetic. Your psychiatrist will advise. Read more...
Treatment Resistant. Treatment-resistant depression is treated with other psychotropic medications such as lithium, Abilify (aripiprazole) or seroquel. Consult your md for such. Read more...
Try psychotherapy. It used to be psychotherapy first, then, if still not better, antidepressants or ECT are used. Now that drugs are more economical than psychotherapy, it is typical to start with drugs. Failing so many drugs makes me think psychotherpy may be necessary, or there is something else going on. For example, alcohol and drug abuse will cause symptoms that look exactly like depression. Read more...
Find the cause. Causes include food allergies, nutrient, fatty acid, Amino Acid deficiencies and dehydration. Find the cause, find the cure. Read more...

What are some of the best herbal treatment options for treatment-resistant major depression?

Independent research. It's touted that Enteric coated Sam-E combined with St. John's Wort works for some mild sadness. However treatment resistant is a broad concept and more information is needed. Try informing your psychiatrist about your concerns. Good luck ! Read more...

Do people ever recover enough from major depression that they don't need treatment anymore?

Yes. If the depression is the first one ever and caused by a bad situation and there is little family history of depression, there is a good chance that full recovery is possible with good treatment and resolution of the stress. Read more...
Sometimes. In the case of a first episode, about 50% of patients will never have another episode. Unfortunately, the second episode means a risk of 75% that you will have another episode, and the risk goes up from there. Read more...

How long would treatment for major depression be?

No cookbook . First episodes may remit faster but meds are often recommended for 6 months before stopping. Second, third episodes that occur on or off meds usually require longer treatment periods. Therapy with meds may be the best option regardless. Recognizing the core symptoms when reducing or stopping a treatment modality often of setts the severity of subsequent episodes if treatment is restarted sooner. Read more...

What type of treatment for major depression anxioty bipolar?

Don't diagnose. See professiona for assesment and right diagnosis once you have correct diagnosis than psychiatrist can start right treatment. Read more...
Bipolar Disorder . with Anxiety. Start with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. Insure that medical causes for symptoms are ruled out. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is allows for lasting change. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and illicit drugs. Take medications as directed. Eat healthfully. Sleep consistently. Be physically active. Read more...

TBI in 12/12. still in treatment for vertigo, major depression, memory problems and disorientation to name a few. 2 episodes ending on floor. No recol?

Standard tx for TBI. is essential but consider following up w/a nutritionally oriented professional also. He/she can make some dietary suggestions that may prove helpful. Coconut oil is but one but you need to coordinate that w/your doc. Peace and good health. Read more...

What are the signs if clinical depression in a 3yr old? What are treatment options?

Tough question. Those of us in practice for more than 20 years probably remember discussions of whether children that age could even be depressed based on cognitive models of derpession, but times have changed and certainly we do believe even young children can be depressed. Ruling out medical is 1st step, experienced pediatric psychiatrist and pediatric psychologist is 2nd. Read more...
Sadness withdrawal a. 3 yo's most oren would seen withdrawn , maybe sad or aggressive.Sleep and or appetite alterations, lack of engagement. I would start with your pediatrician, if not receptive (3 yo's can be depressed) look for mental health professional experienced with young children.Call a local medical school or look on the internet for referral source of pediatrician is not helpful. 1st stabalize environment. Read more...