Treatment

There are many treatments options for depression, depending on severity factors (e.g., intensity and duration of symptoms), individual factors (e.g., level of motivation, treatment adherence, psychological-mindedness, resilience, etc.), and contextual factors (e.g., deployment status, operational demands, proximity and availability to consistently participate in care, concurrent treatment for other health conditions, etc.). Treatment options include: psychoeducation and self-management, monotherapy (psychotherapy or pharmacotherapy), combination psychotherapy and antidepressants, somatic treatment, inpatient and residential treatment. A good reference for assessment, treatment, and health care management of depression according to clinical practice guidelines is the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Major Depressive Disorder (VA/DoD MDD CPG) Pocket Card.