All Posts Tagged: treatment resistant depression

You CAN cure Depression. Here’s the Proof.

Depressrace-winnerion is a very real condition that affects 1 in 10 Americans. Though some dealing with depression at various stages are able to treat and cure their symptoms using an Anti-Depressant medication and/or psychiatry, others are not as successful and end up dealing with Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD). TRD occurs as a result of major depressive disorder which has occurred due to an unsuccessful attempt at treating depression through regular dosages of anti-depressant medication. A variation and/or combination of anti-depressants can be prescribed in this case to help counteract different symptoms in an attempt to treat the depression. Unfortunately, even these drastic measures can still show little to no success, leaving affected individuals feeling hopeless, defeated and even more anxious about their condition. The reality of the TRD can be quite hash, as those affect feel like there are no other options. In fact, one study suggests that anywhere from 29 to 46% of people (depending on the type of medication) fail to respond to treatment of an anti-depressant and 15% of these patients find no relief in multiple treatment trials[1].

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It’s “Blue Monday” once again. Are you feeling sadder than usual?

blue monday depressionThe third Monday of January has been commonly referred to as the “Blue Monday”. The term, coined by academic Cliff Arnall, is supposed to highlight a day when all our troubles overlap. Our holiday credit card statements are here, there is little to no sunlight, we are back at work and things are looking pretty gloomy overall. While the ‘science’ behind it has lost any value, the term itself has stuck.

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5 things you can do to survive depression during Thanksgiving

thanksgiving depressionYet another holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the before the last of the mashed potatoes and gravy is finished we will already be inundated with the ‘holiday cheer’ of December celebrations. It’s a time of family gatherings, big celebratory meals, and other fun activities. However, if you are suffering from depression then the stress that comes with the holiday season can be a massive trigger that leads to frustration and anxiety. There are also people without a family or close friends to spend the day with, but also those who do have family and friends but have had negative experiences with them in the past.

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Spotting The Signs: National Depression Screening Day

depression screeningOne in four adults – approximately 61.5 million Americans – experience mental illness in a given year, however, 60 percent of adults and almost half of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness do not seek the necessary treatment[1]. Routinely screening for depression and other mental illnesses could greatly reduce these numbers. It has been said that more than 80 percent of all cases of clinical depression can be treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both – but it first must be correctly diagnosed.

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September 10, 2013: World Suicide Prevention Day

suicide prevention dayThe International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-sponsoring World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on September 10th. The theme for the 11th anniversary event is “Stigma: A Major Barrier for Suicide Prevention.”  What an appropriate topic for this year’s WSPD! Considering that stigma is probably one of the main reasons why many patients suffering from mental health issues refuse to get help, it’s crucial that we dedicate this year’s WSPD to raise awareness to fight stigma in all of its forms.

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Why is my depression so hard to treat?

depression treatmentWe have all been trained to know that when you get sick you go to the doctor, they prescribe something, you take it, you start to feel better. But ask any treatment resistant depression patient and they’ll tell you it is not that simple.

It is an unfortunate fact that depression treatments don’t always work. According to a STAR*D study, less than 30% of patients with depression respond to antidepressants and of those who do not respond, an alarming 67.1% fail to achieve remission in first-stage treatment. Another 33% still didn’t achieve remission after 4 attempts at treatment[1].  

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Parenting and Depression

parenting and depression

A recent article with CNN Health highlighted some of the many obstacles parents suffering from depression have to endure;  child meltdowns, crazy schedules, anxiety and exhaustion. Many parents are ‘used to’ the stress that comes with raising little ones and fail to identify the red flags of depression that pop up along the way.  Their everyday stress starts well before the kids leave for school and well after they go to bed.    Constant running around, homework, sibling fighting, nagging, screaming, pleading, quick meal planning and bedtime chaos – a typical day for parents – with kids finally asleep and leaving parents with  t no energy to take care of themselves. Soon enough they are engulfed in a cycle of parenting causing anxiety, which causes anxiety affecting their parenting skills.

 

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Is Depression Inherited?

inherited depressionDepression is a complex disease with treatment options that help one group of patients but are ineffective for another. There are many reasons why your depression may not have the same clinical factors as someone else’s, and one of the most discussed factors is genetics. There are numerous cases where a patient suffering from depression has had a parent and/or close relative who had also suffered from the disease and for many years this was considered an unfortunate coincidence.

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What is Treatment Resistant Depression?

treatment resistant depression definitionMajor depression affects 10%-15% of the population per year and, according to a STAR*D study, only 27.5% of patients with depression respond to antidepressant therapy. Of those who do not respond, an alarming 67.1% of patients failed to achieve remission in first-stage treatment, and an estimated 33% still didn’t achieve remission after 4 stages of treatment[1]. Patients are then diagnosed with Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD). 

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