Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is a type of major depressive disorder that does not respond to two or more adequate trials of different antidepressants. TRD is a serious condition that can have a significant impact on a person’s life.
The symptoms of TRD are the same as those of major depressive disorder and can include:
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating, and making decisions
- Restlessness or feeling slowed down
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Thoughts of death or suicide
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor. TRD is a treatable condition, and with the right help, you can recover.
There are a number of factors that can increase the risk of developing TRD, including:
- A personal history of depression
- A family history of depression
- A history of trauma or abuse
- A chronic medical condition
- Substance abuse
If you are at risk of developing TRD, there are a number of things you can do to help prevent it, such as:
- Talk to your doctor about your risk factors
- Get regular medical checkups
- Manage stress
- Get enough sleep
- Eat a healthy diet
- Exercise regularly
- Build a strong support network
- Ask for help when you need it
If you think you may have TRD, it is important to seek help from a qualified healthcare professional. There are a number of effective treatments available, including:
- Medication: There are a number of different types of antidepressants available, and your doctor may need to try several different medications before finding one that works for you.
- Therapy: Therapy can help you to understand your depression and develop coping skills. There are a number of different types of therapy available, and your doctor can help you to choose the right one for you.
- Other treatments: Other treatments that may be helpful for TRD include:
- Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS): This is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain.
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT): This is a procedure in which electrical currents are passed through the brain to induce a seizure. ECT is usually used as a last resort for TRD.
With the right treatment, most people with TRD can recover. However, it is important to remember that TRD is a chronic condition, and you may need to continue treatment for an extended period of time. If you are struggling with TRD, please know that you are not alone. There are people who can help you. Excel Psychiatric Consultation can provide a safe and effective treatment option for those struggling with mental health disorders, ultimately helping them achieve a better quality of life. Call today or visit our online form to schedule an appointment.