Publication Date

2010

Clinical Question

What interventions are most effective for treating a diagnosis of depression?

Clinical Bottom Line

In addition to occupational therapy, there are other alternatives to pharmacological antidepressant treatment for depression, including herbal remedies (St. John’s wort) and psychotherapy (cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral activation, and psychodynamic therapy). There is no single treatment for a diagnosis of depression. What is needed is a valid multidisciplinary assessment that can suggest which treatment or combination of treatments will be best practice for each individual with this diagnosis. It is important for occupational therapists to consider the treatments a client may be using and how that treatment affects functioning within all areas of occupation.

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