Friends and family members play an important role, but it’s crucial to also have a health professional on your side - someone who has the training, skills, and experience to support you in your fight against depression. Depression is highly treatable when you work with a competent health professional. Talk therapy and medications are the two major approaches that trained health professionals use to treat depression, and both (sometimes used in combination) have been shown to be highly effective. There are also highly specialized inpatient services available that are useful for the most severe bouts of depression. Use this section to learn more about connecting with health professionals and their approaches to working with you to treat depression. Consult a doctor and start your journey to better health.