If you or a loved one suffers from depression that doesn’t seem to get better no matter what medication you take or psychotherapy you receive, read this article.
Between one-half to two-thirds of people with depression do not have a full recovery from their depression.
More than 1/3 fail to improve with the standard of care approach, which is medication and therapy.
The most common cause of treatment-resistant depression is a failure to identify and treat the underlying biological causes of depression.
A strong Functional Medicine program can effectively resolve treatment-resistant depression.
So addressing the cause or causes of inflammatory signaling, rather than just prescribing a drug to boost serotonin levels, is an example of a functional medicine approach to treating depression. In fact, it is highly unlikely that a drug will work in such a situation for the simple reason that the SSRI medications require enough serotonin to be present to work on. But with inflammation, by definition, brain serotonin levels are deficient.
Basic science has now enlightened us as to the underlying biological causes of depression, and this information takes us way, way beyond the outdated and inadequate neurotransmitter, neuro-centric model of depression.
. . . Psychology Today