If you've been treated for depression but your symptoms haven't improved, you may have treatment-resistant depression. A recent study published in JAMA documented a 7.5% group of patients receiving treatment for depression to be classified as "treatment resistant".
What this means for these patients is one or more of the following:
medication isn't helpful
therapy takes longer or doesn't appear to change symptoms
higher use of additional medical support such as hospital care, sick days, etc.
If you suspect you or a loved one may have a form of treatment resistant depression, there is still hope. Some types of medication work better with different people and therefore changing medication may help. Also, some people who have bipolar I or II may be misdiagnosed as "depressed" since the symptoms of depressive states inspire people to seek treatment.
Additionally, some forms of therapy may be better indicated for "treatment resistant" depression. Reach out to find out more by contacting us or other mental health care providers.
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