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Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) refers to a form of major depressive disorder that does not respond well to standard treatments such as antidepressants and psychotherapy. Those with TRD often experience temporary relief of symptoms, or in some cases, find that these treatments fail to be effective at all.

Treatment-Resistant Depression at ​Reliant Family Psychiatry in Mansfield & Grand Prairie, TX.

​Treatment-Resistant Depression at ​Reliant Family Psychiatry in Mansfield & Grand Prairie, TX.

How common is Treatment-Resistant Depression?

While standard treatments are effective for many people dealing with depression, up to 30% may experience treatment-resistant depression (TRD). Contributing risk factors for TRD include developing depression early on, having frequent attacks, having medical conditions such as heart disease, and having other psychiatric disorders. In addition, a family history of TRD can increase the likelihood of facing this challenge.

Symptoms of Treatment-Resistant Depression

The symptoms of Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD) mirror those of major depression, with the key difference being that in TRD, these symptoms continue despite undergoing treatment.

Symptoms commonly seen in TRD include:

  • Continuous feelings of sadness or a sense of emptiness

  • A noticeable loss of interest in activities previously found enjoyable

  • A sense of fatigue or having very low energy

  • Challenges in focusing and making decisions

  • Altered sleep patterns

  • Feelings of restlessness or an overall slowness in movement

  • Irritability

  • Frequent thoughts about death or suicide

  • Persistent feelings of excessive guilt

African amarican man faceing ​Symptoms of Treatment-Resistant Depression

How is Treatment-Resistant Depression Diagnosed?

A diagnosis of Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD) is typically considered when an individual with depression shows no response to several rounds of antidepressant medications or psychotherapy, or experiences only fleeting or partial improvements.

At Your Reliant Family Psychiatry, the process of diagnosing involves a thorough assessment of your symptoms, medical and family history, as well as external factors that may influence your depression.

It's vital to have open communication about any prior treatments you've undergone, their level of effectiveness, and any side effects experienced. To rule out other underlying medical conditions that could be contributing to your symptoms, additional medical tests might also be conducted.

doctor diagnosdd ​Treatment-Resistant Depression at ​Reliant Family Psychiatry in Mansfield & Grand Prairie, TX.
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