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Coping With Treatment Resistant Depression

Even with effective treatment, major depression does not always go away, and persistent or challenging-to-treat depression has been shown to add to the significant disease burden brought on by depression. Chronic, persistent, or treatment-resistant depression can all be referred to as difficult-to-treat depression under this umbrella phrase. The term “difficult-to-treat depression” and the words used to define it have not been widely accepted for use in clinical practice or research. Depression that is resistant to treatment might have several causes. It most likely depends on a variety of things for most people. Some of them, like the genes you were born with, are outside of your control. Some things are under your control.

 

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    What Is Treatment Resistant Depression?

    Treatment resistant depression is one that is not responding to the regular regime of treatment. You could have treatment-resistant depression if you’ve received treatment for depression but your symptoms haven’t subsided. Most people find relief from the symptoms of depression by taking an antidepressant or attending psychotherapy. Standard therapies, however, fall short in the case of treatment-resistant depression. Your symptoms could get better but then keep coming back, or they could not help at all.

    Depression that resists treatment is a challenging disorder to manage. A proper medication schedule, length of treatment, severity of side effects, suicidal thoughts and attempts, non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors, intolerance issues, better treatment options, lifestyle changes, costs and insurance coverage, interactive sharing of inner experiences with the treating expert, and freedom to ask any questions are all essential for patients with the disorder.

     

    Are Antidepressants An Option?

    Regrettably, there are times when depression treatments fail. The first antidepressant that a person with depression tries may not be effective for as many as two-thirds of them. After numerous treatment attempts, up to a third of patients do not progress. It normally takes four to eight weeks for antidepressants and other depression treatments to start working fully and for side effects to start fading. It takes considerably longer for other folks. Tragically, a lot of people—and occasionally even doctors—give up on a drug too soon, before it has a chance to be of assistance. Up to 15% of patients don’t respond to antidepressants, while 40% only experience partial improvement.

    Treatment Modalities 

    The effectiveness of conventional depression treatment methods has been investigated in a number of large-scale clinical trials. Pseudo-resistance is one of the risks associated with diagnosing TRD.  Pseudo-resistance may include the profile of patients who have received suboptimal AD dosages or had their medications discontinued early for a variety of causes, including as unpleasant side effects, patient non-adherence, or underdosing. Additionally, comorbidities like personality disorders, substance use disorders, or anxiety disorders may confuse the clinical picture and negatively impact how well a patient responds to treatment. Several treatment modalities included: traditional pharmacology approaches, brain stimulation, and Ketamine therapy.

     

    How To Help Your Loved One At Home

    It can be difficult to support someone who is depressed. You can feel helpless and unsure of what to do if you know someone who is depressed. Learn how to offer support and understanding and how to help your loved one get the resources to cope with depression. The options include:

    • Learn the symptoms of depression
    • Encourage treatment
    • Be vigilant on aspects of worsening depression
    • Understand suicide risk and guard against it
    • Offer ample support, e.g., finding helpful organizations
    • Learn coping skills that can help and do them together

    Can You Help Me With Untreatable Depression?

    Yes, we can help! Many people come to us struggling for a long time with their depression symptoms. We have an excellent staff of professionally-trained individuals who understand mental health and what works.

    My Loved One Is Struggling With Mental Health And Substance Abuse. Can They Recover?

    It is extremely common for people to have a dual-diagnosis, a substance use disorder and a mental health issue. We treat many people who suffer a dual diagnosis and it's our firm belief that you must heal the mind before you can heal the substance abuse.

    I Can't Take Time Away From Work, Do I Have To Do Inpatient Care?

    No, we offer a range of treatments that can suit your needs. We offer partial hospitalization and outpatient care so that you can maintain a job, school, and home life.

    How We Can Help You

    Despite the seemingly insurmountable mountain of depression, not all hope is lost. At Magnified, we walk with the patient all throughout their treatment. We strive to develop a deeper comprehension of the patient to be able to manage his/her treatment process.  At Magnified Health Systems, our objective is to support your mental health. If you haven’t had luck with your other depression treatments, let’s talk.

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    This content is verified and moderated by Dr. Brendan Bickley

    This content is verified and moderated by Dr. Brendan Bickley

    Dr. Bickley graduated from U.C. Irvine with honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, Cum Laude. He has been featured on national radio and print media. He is also a frequent lecturer at National Conferences. He holds an A.S. degree in Drug & Alcohol Studies, and two B.A. degrees in Criminology & Psychology, and masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. He is a licensed California Drug & Alcohol Counselor Level II, a licensed Clinical Supervisor and is certified in treating Eating Disorders.

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