Combination therapy is using more than one treatment method to address depression symptoms. Dozens of methods exist because there is no consensus on either the cause or the best approach to treating depression. Some of these treatments include multiple versions of psychotherapy (or “talk therapy”), medication, cardiovascular exercise, sleep and dietary regimens, self-help books, and even electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Although some methods are very effective, most are unable to eliminate symptoms on their own. Frequently, a specific approach works for one person but not another, and the reason why is unclear. Because of both patient and provider dissatisfaction with these inconsistent results, combining different approaches has become an option in the pursuit of more favorable outcomes.
This site offers a comprehensive look at the various methods used to treat depression. It also highlights some of the more common therapy combinations and how they are often implemented. Please note that this information is not a substitute for an adequate treatment plan developed by a mental health professional. However, the site presents viable options to help you work with a provider and give you the best possible chance of recovery.