Treatment Resistant Depression

treatment resistant depression

Do you feel like your current medication helps your depression a little…but the cloud is still not lifting? Or perhaps you feel like the medication you take for depression isn’t doing anything at all?

It’s possible that you have treatment resistant depression.

Treatment resistant depression or TRD is a major depressive disorder which does not respond to a course of treatment involving at least two antidepressants. Experts say as many as two-thirds of people do not respond to the first antidepressant prescribed and up to one-third don’t respond to several attempts at treatment.

With TRD, the symptoms of the depression continue to persist and severely impair both social and occupational functioning. Patients often tell us that they have been struggling with their symptoms for many years and have tried a variety of psychiatric medications to get relief.

Dr. Davis specializes in working with patients who are still struggling with depressive symptoms despite trying many antidepressant options. Our approach is to discuss Pharmacogenetics, or genetic testing to personalize medicine to one’s genetic makeup. This strategy helps identify the proper medications to increase the likelihood of positive response and symptoms remission for you, as an individual. We also may suggest counseling in conjunction with a medication-based treatment plan.

Did you know…

…that up to half of all people who get prescribed medications for depression don’t take them as recommended? Many people miss doses or simply stop taking their medications because of side effects. Others give up too soon, not realizing that it can take 4-12 weeks for a medicine to take effect. For this reason, it’s important to take medications as prescribed. If you are concerned that you are not getting the benefit you expected, talk with your prescribing physician before making any changes to your treatment plan.