Is depression curable article?

There’s no cure for depression, but you still have plenty of options for treatment, all of which can improve your symptoms and minimize their impact on your daily life.

What percentage of depressed people are treatment-resistant?

Treatment resistance occurs commonly in up to 30% of the treated MDD patient population [1]. Specifically, Rush et al. has shown that remission rates among MDD patients following their first or second treatment course is 37 and 31% respectively [2].

How common is TRD?

With a commonly used definition of TRD applied consistently across claims databases, the real-world prevalence of TRD was estimated as 30.9% of all adults with medication-treated MDD and about 1.1% of the US adult population.

Is depression a chemical imbalance?

It’s often said that depression results from a chemical imbalance, but that figure of speech doesn’t capture how complex the disease is. Research suggests that depression doesn’t spring from simply having too much or too little of certain brain chemicals.

What happens if antidepressants don’t work?

If your depression symptoms return for more than a few days, it’s time to see your doctor. But even if you feel like your antidepressant isn’t working, it’s important to keep taking it until your doctor advises otherwise. You may need a dosage increase or a slow tapering off process.

Why do antidepressants not work for everyone?

Summary: More than half the people who take antidepressants for depression never get relief. The reason, according to new research, is that the cause of depression has been oversimplified and drugs designed to treat it aim at the wrong target.

What happens if ECT doesn’t work for depression?

If nothing else has helped, including ECT, and you are still severely depressed, you may be offered neurosurgery for mental disorder (NMD), deep brain stimulation (DBS) or vagus nerve stimulation (VNS).