Few afflictions create more unnecessary suffering for more millions of people than depression. The main reasons: most people who have it don't recognize it, health care professionals too often miss it, and some people simply are afraid of being stigmatized by friends or fired by employers. The good news is that many effective treatments are available, in both conventional and complementary therapies. Now you can assess the strengths and limitations of the most popular approaches, starting with drug therapies such as tricyclic antidepressants, SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), and MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors), as well as non-drug treatments such as counseling, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and electroconvulsive therapy. You also get a thorough overview of alternatives such as acupuncture, the Alexander Technique, aromatherapy, Bach Flower remedies, dance/movement therapy, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, music therapy, relaxation therapy, and St. John's wort. Since your relationship to your healing professional can be as important as the technique itself, you also get practical tips for choosing a therapist, as well as helpful methods of personal care and suggestions for families and friends of those who suffer from this debilitating illness.