Emory Brain Health Center: Treatment Resistant Depression Program

Emory Brain Health Center: Treatment Resistant Depression Program

About one in eight Americans will have depression,
sometime in their lifetime, and about a third of these will go on to be treatment-resistant depression. When I was first referred to Emory they explained
to me that I had Treatment-Resistant Depression, known as TRD, and Treatment Resistant Depression
just means that the usual treatments don’t work. Depression is the leading cause of worldwide
disability, both economic and social, as well as the leading cause of suicide
It’s certainly a very common and disabling disorder. I ended up at the TRD Program because I was
at the end of the line. It was the last straw for me. I didn’t know where else to turn. Patients are referred to the Treatment Resistant
Depression clinic by their psychiatrist. The visit starts with them getting vital signs,
and being evaluated fully, uh, for medical issues related to their depression. And then they’ll see a psychotherapist, as
well as a social worker, who will evaluate their family and caregivers. And then a psychiatrist, who will talk with
them, and review their medication history, as well as their psychotherapy history
…a few days later we meet as a full team, before we actually make our final recommendations I felt comfortable with the intake team, and
meeting with the psychiatrists that did my initial assessment. I felt a little bit more hope, and I hadn’t
felt any hope in a very long time. Emory pulls together clinicians and researchers
that are internationally and nationally recognized
for their work in treatment-resistant depression and that’s why this has become one of the
focal programs of the Emory Brain Health Center. It can bring together a lot of different
specialties to look at the patient in a way that maybe they have never been looked at
before and come up with different ideas for their treatment. Sometimes that involves just another medication
trial. Maybe a different form of psychotherapy. So we look at all of that to determine what
is best Including transcranial magnetic stimulation,
or TMS, or ECT, or electroconvulsive therapy. And finally, we consider research options
for the patient, discussing it with the patient and their family. But there are very excellent research
options that are really only available at Emory! So we give them a full array of what options
there are, and what order we would recommend them taking place. Emory offers every available treatment option
for people like me who have these complex brain illnesses and I really liked that I
and my doctors could discuss it. I was not told what I had to do. All the options were laid out and together
we chose the best one, and that was very important to me. Our goals is to make you not just well, not
just to make you not depressed, but to get you back to the life that you want. For the first time, I feel like I can actually
plan for the future. I really was just going through the – through
the motions, and now I have something to look forward to. And it’s… I wish I had done it sooner. But I’m glad I did it now.

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