Treatment and Drugs


A number of antidepressant medications are available to treat depression. There are several different types of antidepressants. Antidepressants are generally categorized by how they affect the naturally occurring chemicals in your brain to change your mood.

Other treatments for depression
If standard depression treatment hasn’t been effective, your psychiatrist may consider whether you might benefit from a less commonly used procedure, such as:

  • Vagus nerve stimulation:┬áThis treatment uses electrical impulses with a surgically implanted pulse generator to affect mood centers of the brain. This may be an option if you have chronic, treatment-resistant depression.
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation:┬áThese treatments use powerful magnetic fields to alter brain activity. A large electromagnetic coil is held against your scalp near your forehead to produce an electrical current in your brain. Transcranial magnetic stimulation may be an option for those who haven’t responded to antidepressants.