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Surprising Solutions for
Treatment Resistant Depression 

Treatment resistant depression (TRD) may be your reality if you've tried two or more antidepressants back-to-back without symptoms relief.

You're definitely not alone. This frustration is shared by over five million major depression sufferers who don't respond to treatment.  


Surprising Solutions for Treatment Resistant DepressionTreatment Resistant Depression occurs in about 20 percent of major depression sufferers who have tried at least two antidepressants back to back with little to no symptom relief.
Surprising Solutions for Treatment Resistant DepressionTreatment Resistant Depression occurs in about 20 percent of major depression sufferers who have tried at least two antidepressants back to back with little to no symptom relief.

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But What Do You Do When Nothing Else Works? 

So, you've tried 10 or more different meds, yoga, tai chi, changed your diet and ...nothing works. 

You may feel like you're still sinking in a deep hole of despair. 

Does this sound like you?

If so, these options may help relieve your treatment resistant depression.   

Consider using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)  

Now, I've spoken of this form of psychotherapy quite a few times on this site and for good reason.   Not only is CBT great for treating anxiety disorders but is also proven effective for chipping away at TRD. 

Researchers at the University of Bristol in Great Britain claim that CBT worked in almost half of the 469 study participants who were given CBT instead of just anti depressant medications.

Symptoms relief remained strong a year after the study ended. 

Treatment resistant depression is most common among the baby boomer generation, those born after World War II.

For this age group especially this form of depression can increase the risk of suicide and speed up memory decline.  

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

This form of therapy uses magnets to help alleviate depression. 

Yes, you read that right, magnets. 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses magnets to stimulate the part of the brain that regulates mood.  

This procedure is completely non-invasive, safe, and is reported to have few side effects.  

By the way, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is approved by the FDA.


 Dr. Oz tells us more about TMS in this video


Ketamine

Ketamine is an interesting treatment option because traditionally it's been used in emergency medicine and as a form of anesthesia. 

To date, they've been few clinical trials involving 200 depression sufferers who have reported relief after getting a single dose of ketamine.

So far, the drug has a pretty good safety record.

But there are a few draw backs.

1. Yes, Ketamine has been tested and found effective for TRD but for most people the positive anti-depressant effects only last for about 3-10.

2. Treatments are expensive and range from $600 to $1300 per infusion.

3. Ketamine infusions aren't currently covered by medical insurance so the cost will be entirely out of pocket.

Ketamine trial resources:

1. McGirr A, Berlim MT, Bond DJ, et al. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of ketamine in the rapid treatment of major depressive episodes. Psychol Med 2015; 45: 693-704.

2. Lai R, Katalinic N, Glue P, et al. Pilot dose-response trial of I.V. ketamine in treatment-resistant depression. World J Biol Psychiatry 2014; 15: 579-584.


I hope this article helps you on your journey to better mental health!

Brighter skies are ahead,




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