Click here for the live-updated, interactive version of this infographic, with all the dots labeled.
This is how it happened.
When my amazing CureTogether co-founder Daniel Reda flipped his screen around to show me this infographic, my excitement at how beautiful it looked was quickly replaced by my curiosity for what it showed. I knew exercise, sleep, and therapy were popular and effective treatments for depression.
But a few things surprised me. Fish oil, also popular, showed up as much less effective than I expected. And light therapy, which not many people have tried, was quite effective. Take a look at it for yourself and see if anything surprises you.
Where did this data come from? CureTogether members have been sharing symptoms and treatments for almost 2 years now. For this infographic, information was anonymously analyzed from 944 people in our Depression community.
To thank everyone for sharing with us, we’re releasing this result back to the community for free.
This is the first of a line-up of infographics we’ll be releasing over the coming weeks. Stay tuned and please give your feedback or thoughts on this result in the comments below – or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please tweet, blog, or pass this along to anyone who can benefit or is interested in Depression. Thank you!
(NOTE: To address a question we got from Twitter, this data applies to our Depression community only, despite the testimonial from a Bipolar patient at the top of the page. Bipolar has its own community here – http://curetogether.com/Bipolar-Disorder/treatments/)
For people who want more details on the chart:
- x-axis (popularity) = the fraction of respondents who tried a given treatment
- y-axis (effectiveness) = the average rated effectiveness of a given treatment, Bayes-adjusted for the number of respondents
- Vertical grey line = the average fraction of respondents who tried each treatment
- Horizontal grey line = the average rated effectivenss of all treatments
- Quadrants – Treatments in the upper-left quadrant have below-average usage, but above-average effectiveness, so presumably more people would benefit by trying these. Those in the lower-right quadrant have above-average usage but below-average effectiveness, so presumably more people would benefit by avoiding these.