There are several ways to treat depression:
1). Medications as you already know.
2). Psychotherapy to explore the underlying causes, beliefs, experiences that may b3e causing the depressed feelings. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most effective therapies (CBT).
3). Exercise. Even though you may not feel like you have the energy to exercise, research has proven that even a 20 minute walk daily an improve depression. The more the better for positive results and for positive endorphins to increase in your brain.
4). Good nutrition and the avoidance of alcohol. Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals. Avoid sugary and fatty foods which have been shown to increase low moods and add to sluggishness. Also a good idea to take a multivitamin, especially vitamin and B vitamins.
5). Develop a spiritual practice that makes sense to you. It can be with a Higher Power, Nature, the Universe but something that brings yu in touch with a purpose or meaning for life.
These are some of the important key components to addressing the symptoms of depression and making them more manageable and to increase the pleasure in life. Please let me know your thoughts. Sincerely, ***** ***** LMSW, CASAC