Treatment Refractory Depression Specialist

South Texas Mental Health Associates

Psychiatrists located in Corpus Christi, TX

It can take a little time to get your depression treatment just right for your needs, but if you’ve tried several medications and your symptoms are not subsiding, you may have treatment-refractory depression. The doctors at South Texas Mental Health Associates in Corpus Christi, Texas, are committed to your health and well-being and work tirelessly to find the right treatments for you including experimental treatments like ketamine therapy and Botox® injections. Call today or make an appointment online to get the expert mental health care you need for your depression.

Treatment Refractory Depression Q & A

What is treatment-refractory depression?

When it comes to depression, everyone has a unique experience, and the treatment that works for you may or may not work for anyone else. As a result, you and your doctor may go through a period of adjustment while fine-tuning your medication and therapy. However, if you’ve tried two or more different antidepressants, and your symptoms have not improved you may have treatment-refractory depression.

Treatment refractory depression is also known as treatment-resistant depression. You may not see any change in your symptoms or your symptoms may subside for a brief time only to come flooding back.

What causes treatment-resistant depression?

Treatment-resistant depression has the same causes as clinical depression including chemical imbalances in your brain, personality traits, and environmental factors. However, medical researchers have identified risk factors associated with treatment-refractory depression.

Risk factors include:

  • The length of time your depressive periods last
  • The severity of your depression
  • Having bipolar disorder
  • Having additional mental health conditions such as anxiety and personality disorders
  • Your brain chemistry

You should discuss your symptoms and progress, or lack thereof, with your doctor at your appointments.

What should I do if my depression isn’t getting better?

You need to talk to your doctor honestly about your symptoms and how your treatment is working for you. During your sessions, you can talk about situations that may be impeding your treatment and review your medications and therapy. They may suggest a full physical examination to rule out any other health conditions that could be contributing to your depression.

How is treatment-refractory depression addressed?

Your doctor at South Texas Mental Health Associates is committed to improving your mental health and overall well-being. If you’ve tried several different antidepressants, they may suggest other depression therapies.

For example, your doctor may suggest ketamine therapy as an option for treatment-resistant depression. Ketamine therapy works differently with your brain chemistry and may provide the balance you need for symptom resolution. You may also benefit from a different approach in your therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy or acceptance and commitment therapy.

Ultimately, don’t give up on your treatment and try to remain patient, even if you’re frustrated by your progress. Your doctor isn’t giving up on you and will work with you and adjust your treatment plan as necessary to help you repair your mental health and lead a healthy, active, and fulfilling life.

You don’t need to suffer in silence. If your depression isn’t responding to treatment, call South Texas Mental Health Associates today to schedule a consultation.