The most effective treatment for depression is a combination of therapy and medication. Not all people need medication but when a person's symptoms are not getting better with therapy alone, it is time to consider medication. Many people are reluctant to take medication. Encourage your sister to have an open discussion with her doctor about the different medications that are available, the pros and cons of each. If she is not seeing a psychiatrist for medication, that would be a helpful move. A psychiatrist, as opposed to a family or general doctor, is the expert in psychiatric medications and will be best able to inform your sister on her options. It is silly for your sister to suffer needlessly. Treatment is available, compare her depression with other physical illnesses where she would seek medication, for example, a cold that doesn't go away with usual treatments and becomes an infection that needs medication or strep throat that you might start out treating as a sore throat but realize that more treatment is needed. Taking medication to treat depression is nothing to be ashamed of and does not indicate a weakness of character, it is a physical disorder that sometimes needs medication. Maybe it would help her to read about others who took medication, look for some autobiographies at your library about people with depression. Go to the NAMI (national alliance for mentally ill) website for information and support, www.nami.org. Good luck, keep being supportive and let your sister know that she does not need to suffer, she deserved to feel better.
Those are commonly used for treating depression. Be aware that treatment depends on her symptoms, some treatments may make her symptoms worse. A couple of resources would help you and your sister determine the best treatments for her symptoms. Book - Chemistry of Joy by Henry Emmons, Change your Brain, Change your Life by Daniel Amen. He has a good website too and has written extensively on brain chemistry and treatments, website - www.amenclinic.com
She is lucky to have you in her life. She needs lots of support and a rational perspective. Depression tends to change thinking and perspective. Hang in there with her, good luck to both of you!
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