If standard depression treatments aren’t working, you may have treatment-resistant depression. TRD is an often misunderstood condition that can be frustrating and difficult to deal with.
Have more questions about TRD?
How is TRD diagnosed?
There is no one specific test or set of criteria used to diagnose TRD. A diagnosis may be made based on a comprehensive assessment that includes a review of your medical history, family history, symptoms, and other factors. Your doctor may also perform a physical exam and order laboratory tests to rule out other conditions that may be causing your symptoms.
What causes TRD?
The exact cause of TRD is not fully understood, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of physical, psychological, and social factors. Physical factors that may contribute to TRD include changes in brain chemistry or structure, hormonal imbalances, and health conditions like thyroid disorders or sleep disorders. Psychological factors that may contribute to TRD include negative thinking patterns, trauma, and stress. Social factors that may contribute to TRD include isolation, poverty, and chronic stress.