Unfortunately there isn't a universal depression treatment plan. Treatments really vary depending on each person's condition. Some people only experience symptoms occasionally and can use self-help techniques to rid themselves of the problems. Others face much more challenging obstacles and need to use medication to get rid of their symptoms.
What is Depression?
Depression is an extremely debilitating mental disease. People suffering from it have a difficult time doing anything, even getting out of bed. They feel worthless, out of touch with the world, they can't sleep, experience anxiety and often times can't figure out why life is worth living. They a general feeling of hopelessness and despair.
Depression is a serious mental disease however, many who suffer from it will benefit from developing a personal self-help plan. A key component to developing a successful self-help plan is learning to lean on others. Your family and friends are your support system so use them. Once you recognize that you're suffering, share this with your family. Let them know your symptoms. This will help them recognize the problem in many cases before you do, allowing them to help you initiate your self-help plan.
When you feel depressed, you want to stay in doors, change your eating patterns and block yourself off from the world. However, you should do the opposite. When you feel depressed, force yourself to go to the gym and get some exercise. Force yourself to go to a movie with friends. Force yourself to get a good eight hours of sleep and eat right. When you recognize that you're avoiding these activities because you're depressed and force yourself to do them, you'll start pulling yourself out of your the disease.
It should be noted that this type of plan will only work for someone who has mild depression. People who suffer severely or have other mental disorders such as bi-polar disorder, may need to take medication. Medications regulate a person's mental chemical makeup, which has a stabilizing effect. If your self help treatment doesn't work, seek help from a psychiatrist or other mental health professional.