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Treatment-Resistant Depression

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Living With Treatment-Resistant Depression

Life with depression is hard, but treatment-resistant depression can be especially brutal. When one treatment after another doesn't help, you can lose hope that you'll ever feel better. All your efforts -- the doctor's visits, the medication trials, the therapy sessions -- might seem like a waste.

But they haven't been a waste. Arriving at the right treatment for depression can take time. It can take some trial and error. Look at it this way: if you try a particular treatment and it doesn’t help, you're that much closer to finding the one that will make you feel better.

Whatever you do, don't settle. Don't give up and accept the symptoms of depression. Remember, the longer a depression goes on, the harder it may be to treat. Go back to your doctor and see if there's something else you can try. There are so many good treatments for depression out there. You just need to find the right one for you.

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on June 26, 2013
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