symptom of depression due to something else. Other medical conditions such as nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances, illnesses, and disease can include depression as a symptom, and treatment of these other conditions would be best. Situational and environmental factors such as trauma, stress, lack of physical activity, or seasonal change can affect mood, so addressing these issues directly can help with depression.
Psychiatric medicine such as an antidepressant is still a useful option if the symptoms of depression create emotional distress and impair function, but the medicine choice needs to be carefully selected to best match the individual's needs and diagnosis. Of course, if suicidal thoughts or plans are present, it is extremely important to seek mental health care immediately.