Why Are Some Cases of Depression Untreatable?

Question by j t: Why are some cases of depression untreatable?

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Answer by arfblat
“Several factors may contribute to treatment failure, including undiagnosed or misdiagnosed medical conditions such as hypothyroidism and anemia. Therefore, the patient who does not respond or only partially responds to an antidepressant should first be reassessed to make sure the original diagnosis of depression was correct. Also, nonpsychiatric drugs such as methyldopa (Aldomet), beta blockers and reserpine (Serpasil) can cause or exacerbate depression. In addition, comorbid disorders (e.g., eating disorders, substance abuse or dependence) may affect treatment response. Psychotic depression, bipolar depression and atypical depression are depressive subtypes that may require concurrent pharmacotherapy such as antipsychotic or augmentative psychotherapy.4 Finally, adverse effects and poor compliance may be additional obstacles to successful treatment.”

In response to the person below me, there are some people for whom medicines just don’t work no matter how committed they are to their treatment. It’s not always about wanting something. Sometimes no matter how much you want it and try to get it… you just can’t. There are other factors involved. Depression has to do with an imbalance of chemicals in your brain, not will power. If a person’s brain isn’t receptive to foreign chemicals (such as those coming from SSRIs or other drugs) there’s not much that can be done. You have a very ignorant view of mental illness. Are you a scientologist?

Answer by Joseph G
Ultimately, it is up t the patient. You are going to get as healthy as you wish.

When you try to tell some one that, they argue with you and say they can’t help it, there is nothing they can do about their feelings.

Sure enough, they’re always right.

The people who get better are the ones who want to.

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