What Is Treatment-Resistant Depression?

You may have treatment-resistant depression if you’ve been treated for depression and your symptoms haven’t improved. Sometimes standard therapies aren’t adequate or might not make a difference at all. Read on to learn more about this issue:


While taking antidepressants or going to psychological counseling eases depression symptoms for many people, that’s not always the case for those with treatment-resistant depression.


If your primary care doctor prescribed antidepressants and your depression symptoms do not improve, ask your doctor if he or she might recommend a mental health specialist who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders. The psychiatrist will look at your medical history and may perform any of the following tasks:


  • Inquire about problems in your life that might be causing your sadness.
  • Consider the course of treatment, as well as treatments you’ve tried, including medicine and psychotherapy.
  • Examine all of your medications, including nonprescription drugs and herbal supplements, to see if any have been missed.
  • Discuss other physical health conditions that can occasionally produce or exacerbate depression.
  • Consider whether you have another mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, which can cause or exacerbate depression and may necessitate different treatment.

Treatment-resistant depression symptoms can vary from minor to severe, and individuals may need to try a variety of treatments before finding the one that works best for them.


Princeton Medical Institute is here to listen and help you regain control of your life and start getting better. Contact one of our medical professionals today with this form or at (609) 921-6050.