Finding an effective psychiatric treatment for treatment-resistant depression can be challenging.

Mind Therapy Clinic specializes in treatment-resistant depression, also called refractory depression. Unfortunately, depression treatments don’t always work. As many as two-thirds of people with depression aren’t helped by the first antidepressant they try. Up to a third don’t respond to several attempts at treatment.

Treatment-resistant depression can leave the sufferer hopeless. Months or even years can go by without any relief. And after the effort it took to get help, it can be demoralizing when depression treatments do not work.

At Mind Therapy Clinic, we start by helping our clients understand treatment-resistant depression:

  • Have past psychiatric treatments failed to make them feel better?
  • Past psychiatric treatments helped some, but still don’t feel like old self?
  • Have the side effects of the psychiatric medication been hard to handle?

 

 

Course correcting depression diagnoses  

Treatment-resistant depression can be hard to diagnose. Sometimes, other conditions or problems can cause similar symptoms.  Evidence suggests that people who have severe depression may be harder to treat. The longer symptoms persist without treatment increases the risk of hard-to-treat depression - which is why it’s so crucial to get control of depression symptoms quickly. A trained psychiatrist can:

  • Confirm that the usual antidepressant treatment is appropriate for a patient’s brain abnormalities using rEEG (referenced electroencephalogram), an imaging technology for recording the brain's electrical activity to guide psychiatric medication treatment. This can help to determine the appropriateness of antidepressant treatment. Even without the use of rEEG, careful evaluation can sometimes reveal that a patient may not have standard depression at all. Instead, he or she may be suffering from one of many other conditions, like bipolar disorder. Other people have a low-level, chronic depression - which is distinctly different from treatment-resistant depression. 
  • Make sure the psychiatric medication is being used correctly. Up to half of all people who get prescribed drugs for depression don’t take them as recommended. They miss doses or stop taking them because of the side effects or they simply give up too soon.
  • Check for other psychiatric or physical causes affecting the brain. Physical or mental issues can cause or worsen depression.
  • Adjust and closely monitor all medication treatment. Using medicines to treat common medical problems, switching medication or treating an underlying problem may resolve a hard-to-treat depression. 
  • Supplement treatment with psychotherapy.
  • For those desiring more natural treatment, provide Neurofeedback treatment .
 

What our clients say...
Mind Therapy Clinic has turned my life around!

“... Dr. Schiller found the right medications to keep me grounded and functional long-term. Working with Shea has been fantastic!  She's helped me work through a lot, pointed me in the right direction, and supported me in improving my mental health over the years.  Thank you so much!"

— A.

 

I could've never felt better than before... 

“I struggled with anxiety and depression throughout my teen years. I've decided to try Mind Therapy Clinic, and to be honest, I could've never felt any better than before. In a matter of days and weeks, I started to feel less anxious and more upbeat every day! This place has helped me a lot, and I think you should try going here if you need help!”

— V.D.

“Thank you for helping me to love myself and others more.”

— S