Alternative Solutions for Treatment-Resistant Depression

What is treatment-resistant depression?

Depression affects millions of people around the world. Roughly 14.8 million Americans experience depressive symptoms every year. That’s 6.7% of the population.

If thoughts of sadness or loneliness have lasted an extended period of time and are preventing from leading a normal, active life, it’s time to seek help.

If talk therapy and medication have not improved the symptoms, that is a sign of treatment-resistant depression. While this phrase sounds pretty scary, there’s no need to worry – there are alternative treatment options available.

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    What should be done if antidepressants stop working?

    Taking prescribed antidepressants eases depression symptoms for most people. But for people with medication-resistant depression, these standard treatment options just aren’t enough. They may not notice a change at all, or the symptoms improve only temporarily and keep coming back.

    Symptoms of treatment-resistant depression can range from mild to severe and sometimes require numerous approaches to figure out what truly helps.

    A doctor may need to change medication prescriptions or adjust the dosage. It is also possible to ask them to recommend a psychiatrist, a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions.

    During psychological counseling, a psychiatrist can help pinpoint underlying concerns that are adding to depression. If talk therapy does not reduce symptoms, they may suggest alternative treatments to depression.

    Alternative treatments for depression

    A depression holistic treatment may be the right solution.

    Two popular alternative treatments for depression are ketamine infusion therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

    Ketamine treatment for depression

    Ketamine is a fast-acting anesthetic that is safe for treating chronic pain and mental health conditions. Administered through an IV, ketamine therapy helps the brain build new neurons, decreases inflammation, and allows the neurons to communicate more effectively.

    Since ketamine is faster-acting than antidepressants, it can create immediate relief from major depression and suicidal ideations. IV ketamine infusion can quickly reduce life-threatening thoughts. During and after treatment, patients have described the effects as feelings of peace, compassion, and love.

    Approximately 70% of patients experience a significant reduction in their symptoms. Many people experience these results during their very first infusion, which makes it a faster-acting treatment than common depression and anxiety medication and talk therapy.

    TMS for treatment-resistant depression

    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an FDA-cleared non-invasive procedure for treatment-resistant depression. It delivers magnetic impulses through an electromagnetic coil to the prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain associated with mood control.

    TMS helps nerves begin to communicate again and reinforces positive nerve pathways. This treatment lasts less than four minutes. Yes, you read that right – in under four minutes, one can be on the path to feeling better. Therapy takes place five days a week for four to six weeks and is covered by most insurance plans.

    This drug-free, non-invasive, FDA-cleared therapy could be the treatment for depression that the world has been waiting for.

    Find the solution to treatment-resistant depression

    To start managing depression, connect with Ascend Health Center.

    From the moment you step through our doors, you will see how differently we treat chronic pain and mental health.

    Take the first step to feeling better today. Fill out the form to request an appointment and finally find a solution to medicine-resistant depression.


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