According to the World Health Organization (WHO) by the year 2020, depression will be the number two cause of "lost years of healthy life" worldwide. However, the cost in human suffering cannot be estimated.
When a person undertakes a course of therapy through their
doctor, and there is no improvement, they may be suffering
from a treatment resistant depression.
This is difficult, and takes time to diagnose, since by its
nature, depression is not an illness that can be cured with
a ten-day course of drugs, like an infection.
Depending on the physician's assessment, a patient may
start out on a mild tricyclic drug, which can be replaced
with something that has better results for more involved
cases. They may also recommend concurrent counseling with
a psychologist or psychiatrist, to work on the underlying
issues that have caused the illness.
Some conditions, like post partum depression, and bi-polar
disorders are chemically related, and even multiple changes
of medication may not do enough to break through the cycle
of dark moods and thoughts. In that event, the next
recommendation may be for a stay in a treatment facility
Treatment resistant depression can be better addressed in
an environment where a patient is closely monitored for
both behavioral and mood changes, and possibly for blood
tests to assess the therapeutic level of a drug in their
The secure surroundings of a treatment facility for
depression, are often reassuring to patients who are highly
strung, nervous and anxious. With counseling, and other
therapies, people suffering from post partum depression or
other depressive disorders, have a chance to get back on an
even keel, so that they can actively participate in their
While there is such a thing as treatment resistant
depression, there are also answers to that resistance, and
consultation with your doctor, will help you find them.