If you're struggling with treatment-resistant depression, your journey may seem like a never-ending battle. You might feel like no matter what methods of therapy and self-care you try, nothing helps to relieve the persistent feelings of despair.
If you've reached a point where you feel there's nowhere else to turn, there is hope! There are other options for managing your mental health – solutions that could make all the difference in helping you return to a better state of mind and outlook on life. If you're unsure whether it's time to explore beyond traditional therapies for your depression, think over the following signs:
You've Been In Therapy For A While With No Improvement
If you've been going to therapy for several months and you're not seeing any improvement in your symptoms, it may be time to consider other options. While therapy can be beneficial for many people, it's not a one-size-fits- all solution – and sometimes, even the best therapists can't provide the level of care needed to manage some cases of depression.
It's Hard To Stick To Your Treatment Plan
Depression can make it incredibly challenging to focus and follow through with your treatment plan, whether it involves therapy, medication, or other forms of care. If you find it difficult to stick to your therapy appointments or take your medication as prescribed, it could signify that you need more immediate, effective support.
You're Still Experiencing Symptoms Despite Treatment
Despite your best efforts to manage your depression through therapy, you may find that you're still experiencing symptoms. This can be incredibly frustrating and disheartening, but it doesn't mean you're out of options. If your current treatment is inadequate for your needs, it may be time to explore alternative treatments to help manage your depression symptoms.
Symptoms Are Getting Worse
If your symptoms are getting worse, or you are having suicidal thoughts, get help immediately. Suicidal thoughts can signify that your depression is severe and that you need more intensive support. While therapy can be incredibly helpful in managing depression, it may not be enough to address the severity of suicidal thoughts. It's essential to prioritize your safety and well-being by seeking additional support.
*The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.*
Explore More Ways To Get Better At Pacific Mind Health
It's important to remember that seeking additional treatment options does not mean therapy has failed – it does
not mean that you have failed – but rather that it's time to explore other approaches to kickstart your healing.
Therapies like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and Spravato (esketemine) can help. These treatments help alter neural chemistry and activity to alleviate symptoms, giving individuals the support they need to make changes and feel better.
At Pacific Mind Health, we understand that every person's journey with depression is unique and how challenging it can be to manage with mere therapy. That's why we offer TMS Therapy and Spravato services to individuals who may benefit from additional support.
Our Spravato waitlist is live! If traditional therapy or medication aren't providing the relief you need, our team of experienced professionals is ready to help! With supportive guidance and specialized treatment pathways tailored just for you, we can help you overcome treatment-resistant depression and live your best life.