Treatment-resistant depression is a type of depression that does not respond to traditional treatment methods. While this can be discouraging, researchers are progressing in finding new ways to combat this type of depression. This provides hope for those who have not found relief through traditional means.
What is Treatment Resistant Depression and whom does it affect?
TRD is a form of major depressive disorder that does not respond well to traditional treatment methods, such as antidepressant medications and psychotherapy. People with TRD may experience severe symptoms that can interfere with their ability to function in day-to-day life.
People with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) have symptoms that do not improve after trying two different types of antidepressant medication for at least six weeks each. Women and older adults are more likely to have TRD than other people. Other high-risk groups for TRD include people with severe or frequently recurring bouts of depression and those with an underlying medical illness. Substance abuse and eating disorders also raise a person’s risk of TRD.
How is TRD different than other forms of depression?
The symptoms of treatment-resistant depression (TRD) can be similar to those of major depressive disorder (MDD). A mental health professional will need to conduct a thorough evaluation to make an accurate diagnosis.
The main symptoms of treatment-resistant depression (TRD) are a persistent low mood, loss of interest or enjoyment in activities, fatigue, changes in sleep and appetite, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, and difficulty concentrating or making decisions. These symptoms must be present for at least two weeks to be diagnosed with TRD. People with TRD often have a history of unsuccessful treatment attempts with traditional antidepressants. If you think you might have TRD, it is important to get professional help. With proper treatment, the symptoms of TRD can be improved and you can live a normal, productive life.
How does TMS help treat TRD?
TMS is a treatment for depression that does not require surgery. A coil is placed against the forehead and sends magnetic pulses into the brain to stimulate nerves. The treatment is outpatient, does not require anesthesia or a long recovery time, and is painless. TMS has been found to be an effective treatment for depression, with a success rate of about 60-70%.
What are the side effects of TMS treatment for TRD patients?
When does TMS begin to work?
Treatment sessions usually last for about half an hour to forty minutes and are typically done five times a week for four to six weeks. Some patients may start feeling better after just a few sessions. Find a provider near you today and start to feel better right away!