Depression runs in my family, my father was hospitalized because of it. I am seeing a therapist right now because of anxiety and bouts of depression. The treatment that I am going through right now is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This tool has been successful for both issues. In this treatment, the main focus is replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts. There is journaling involved. Once the positive thoughts become second nature and the negatives rarely pop up, you will start to think more clearly, and looking back you will realize how outlandish they were. This practice along with MEDs can really benefit individuals with major depression. I recommend you Google it.