Saturday, June 21, 2008

Treatment-Resistant Depression Affects Millions of Americans Each Year

Millions of Americans with depression are able to successfully manage their condition with a combination of available therapies. However, according to an article in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, up to 35 percent of patients treated for depression may have a little-known condition called Treatment-Resistant Depression, or TRD.

“There are evolving definitions of TRD among the research community, but at this point, a TRD diagnosis is usually given to a patient with major depressive disorder who has failed two adequate trials of an antidepressant medication,” said Dr. W. Clay Jackson, a primary care physician and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Tennessee.


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