What’s There a Decent Cure for Depression in the 1890s?

Question by zen: What’s there a decent cure for depression in the 1890s?
Was depression identifiable?
Was there a reasonable cure? What was it?
MUST have a source!

Best answer:

Answer by barry b

Answer by sam
the best cure for depression is to make someone really smile – a real smile – not fake!

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