Bibliotherapy is an easy way to approach the ideas used in therapy and prepares people for their treatment, whilst also having an effect in its own right. I recommend Mind over Mood Greenberger and Padesky as a simple guide.
Mindfulness is another evidence-based treatment which can be accessed and learned from apps downloaded to your phone. There is good evidence now supporting a range of approaches to TRD. It found few significant differences between a range of approaches, remission rates were low for individual treatments but the majority of patients eventually responded. Pharmacological options essentially consist of switching, augmenting treatment or increasing doses.
One study showed better response even when being treated by an expert when a treatment algorithm was used. So develop an algorithm for treating the patient based on these three options:. Therapeutic nihilism is unhelpful for both doctor and patient so try to remain hopeful. A supportive relationship with the GP is in itself useful. There is no merit in struggling on alone with a hard to treat patient and I regularly refer to colleagues for second opinions.
In one of the short-term studies, Spravato nasal spray demonstrated statistically significant effect compared to placebo on the severity of depression, and some effect was seen within two days. The two other short-term trials did not meet the pre-specified statistical tests for demonstrating effectiveness. In the longer-term maintenance-of-effect trial, patients in stable remission or with stable response who continued treatment with Spravato plus an oral antidepressant experienced a statistically significantly longer time to relapse of depressive symptoms than patients on placebo nasal spray plus an oral antidepressant.
Standard treatments may not help much at all, or your symptoms may improve, only to keep coming back. Explore options for treatment-resistant depression. Even if your depression does not seem to be responding to drug treatment, there are many other options to reduce or eliminate symptoms.
The most common side effects experienced by patients treated with Spravato in the clinical trials were disassociation, dizziness, nausea, sedation, vertigo, decreased feeling or sensitivity hypoesthesia , anxiety, lethargy, increased blood pressure, vomiting and feeling drunk. Patients with unstable or poorly controlled hypertension or pre-existing aneurysmal vascular disorders may be at increased risk for adverse cardiovascular or cerebrovascular effects.
Spravato may impair attention, judgment, thinking, reaction speed and motor skills. Patients should not drive or operate machinery until the next day after a restful sleep. Spravato may cause fetal harm and women of reproductive potential should consider pregnancy planning and prevention; women should not breastfeed while being treated.
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