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Other treatments for depression include brain stimulation and treatment with herbs or dietary supplements.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be used to treat severe depression or depression that does not get better with medicine and counseling or therapy. In ECT, electricity is briefly sent to the brain through electrodes placed on your head. Studies have shown that ECT is an effective short-term treatment for depression.3, 7
Other types of brain stimulation have not been well studied and may be expensive. They usually are considered only if other treatment does not work. They include:
Complementary therapies are sometimes used for depression. Always tell your doctor if you are using any of them.
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