Depression is something that has been recognized as a mental health condition in the USA for over 50 years. But, those living with treatment resistant depression are only now getting the help they need.
Over the years, studies and psychiatrists have determined various medications and therapies to be effective in treating clinical depression. Today, in most cases, people living with depression can find a traditional depression treatment that helps them manage symptoms of depression and go on to live a life of wellbeing. However, not every case of depression is easily treatable. So, not every person dealing with depression gets the relief they desperately need. Or, move forward and live a life of stability. Individuals experiencing this phenomenon have what is known in the psychological realm as treatment resistant depression.
Learning more about treatment resistant depression can provide insights into why you may be experiencing depression that isn’t treatable with typical medications. And, give you more information about other treatment options that may be solutions you’re willing to explore.
Essentially, what we know about depression is that people affected have brains that have a lower number of chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters. Specifically, the chemical messengers serotonin and norepinephrine. These brain molecules are what is responsible for a number of things, including mood regulation. So, naturally, a reduction in these types of brain functions can lead to consequential symptoms. For example, chronic sadness, difficulty managing emotions, and other symptoms of clinical depression.
However, while we know that a reduction in neurotransmitter function in the brain is apparent in those diagnosed with depression disorders, we also know that it’s not the only cause of depression. So, there are other causes of depression, which is obviously the case for people living with treatment resistant depression.
A newer treatment for people living with depression who may have tried other treatments is ketamine infusion therapy. This is a simple, safe, and quick way to get the treatment that’s been very successful in helping people manage symptoms of depression. Basically, the treatment involves the application of an IV and the slow, low dose introduction of ketamine into the body’s system. It’s believed that ketamine works by helping relieve built-up neurotransmitters in the brain that can reduce other brain neurotransmitter functions. Thus, helping to alleviate typical symptoms of depression on a long-term basis when done with multiple sessions.
Trying to get better with medications and other traditional treatments to no avail can be difficult. But, here at Delray Center for Healing, we understand that you just want to get better. That’s why we strive to make the latest and most innovative treatments available to people living with depression that hasn’t gotten better with other treatments.
Do you or a loved one have a depression diagnosis? Have medications not worked in the past? If so, don’t lose hope. Learn more about ketamine infusion therapy and other treatments for use in helping individuals living with treatment resistant depression here at our Delray Center for Healing locations.
And, contact us today to ask us any questions you may have on our website or by calling 888-699-5679.
Since 2003, the Delray Center for Healing has provided exceptional psychiatric and therapeutic care for mental health, eating, and substance use disorders. To learn more about our philosophy and treatment approach, download our free e-book, “Psychiatry Redefined,” written by our founder and medical director, Raul J. Rodriguez, MD.