It goes therapy, medication, therapy, new medication…for as long as you can remember, you have been caught up in the vicious cycle of one failed medication over another. In the beginning, you might have felt hopeful when a new antidepressant came into the picture and seemed likely to help, or at least likely not to cause further damage – but that was only the first time or two.
The more you tried, the more nothing worked to ease your depression, and the changes in your prescriptions became more frequent. And speaking of frequent, you have tried therapy, too, but to no avail. You have learned to be patient and consistent. You have learned that no single therapy type or therapist is the right one for everyone, so you have explored your options. All these efforts have only left you feeling defeated and hopeless.
If you have not experienced any improvements in your symptoms from treatment via talk therapy or antidepressant medication, then you could have treatment-resistant depression (TRD). Just because these methods have failed to treat you does not mean you cannot be treated. After all, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health treatment. There are countless medications available and several forms of therapy, from cognitive behavioral therapy to interpersonal therapy, because not everyone gets it right the first time around. Others do not find any relief at all.
This issue is not that there are too many therapies or combinations to choose from to find the optimal treatment for an individual. The problem is that it is easy to find yourself swept up in the vicious cycle, heeding medical advice from professionals who firmly believe they know what’s best for you based on your symptoms – only they don’t fully understand your causes. Some cases of depression need to be treated with a completely different approach.
Before you find yourself swept back into the cycle, talk to your psychiatrist or provider about additional treatment options like TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) or Ketamine Infusions. TMS is a type of treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in your brain to improve your depression symptoms. During a TMS procedure, an electromagnet creates electric currents that stimulate the nerve cells in your brain connected to depression and mood control. This non-invasive treatment is performed in a psychiatrist’s office and is safe and effective.
Ketamine is a medication that is delivered in low doses safely through intravenous infusion. This procedure is simple and safe. You do not need to be referred by a physiatrist for treatment; you only need to be evaluated by a suitable provider to ensure you are a candidate. Based on our experience, 70% of all patients should expect quick and significant relief from symptoms.
Are you ready to invite a sense of hope and happiness back into your life? Interventional treatments can help break the vicious cycle and allow the healing you need to enter.