If you have struggled with severe depression and not found relief, you are not alone. Depression affects about 20 million adults in America each year. About a third of these people will not respond to adequately to antidepressant medications.
If you are one of these people, you may have what is known as treatment-resistant depression.
What Is Treatment-Resistant Depression?
It refers to depression that is hard to treat. If your medications are being properly managed and you have not responded sufficiently to at least two different antidepressants, you will likely be diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression.
Treatment Options for Severe Depression
As recommended by your psychiatrist, you may be a candidate for:
Treatment for depression is highly individual. Some treatments may not be appropriate for some individuals. Your mental health professional will work with you to find the approach that is right for you.