What Does it Mean to be Treatment Resistant?

  • Posted at Feb 22, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
What Does it Mean to be Treatment Resistant?

Treatment resistance is when a person uses traditional treatments for a diagnosed condition but the treatment doesn’t work to their expectations. It’s unfortunate, but traditional treatments don’t work for everyone. Additionally, treatment resistance may mean that a person has tried traditional treatments like prescription medications, but experiences adverse reactions like debilitating side effects that cause them to terminate traditional treatment measures. Treatment resistant conditions can be debilitating, but fortunately, there are alternative treatments that can be effective and help to treat symptoms of these conditions.

What Conditions are Commonly Treatment Resistant?

There are certain conditions that are at a higher risk of being treatment resistant. These conditions include:

-Anxiety Disorders
-Depressive Disorders
-Bipolar Disorders
-Substance Use Disorders
-Personality Disorders

There is Hope for People Living with These Types of Conditions

If you find that you’re not recovering even if you’ve already tried traditional treatments or therapies for mental health issues, you may be living with a treatment resistant condition. However, you mustn’t give up hope. There are specific treatments for people who are living with treatment resistant conditions that are effective in helping to reduce and manage symptoms including:

Ketamine Therapies: Ketamine infusions and ketamine inhalers can help to provide low doses of ketamine to people who are living with treatment resistant chronic pain conditions, bipolar disorders, and depressive disorders. Ketamine therapies are a non-invasive way to stimulate areas of the brain that traditional methods don’t address in order to improve functioning, resulting in better and longer-lasting results.

TMS: Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is another non-invasive approach to treating treatment resistant disorders like depression. It sends electromagnetic pulses into the brain which can help to stimulate neurons and brain cells associated with depressive disorders.

Diagnosis Correction: One of the main causes of treatment resistant conditions is a misdiagnosis. If you don’t have the correct diagnosis, treatment isn’t going to work to resolve symptoms. So, having another opinion and getting your correct diagnosis can mean finding a treatment that actually works for you.

Addressing Treatment Resistant Conditions at Yellowbrick

Yellowbrick offers mental health help for young adults who are struggling with mental health issues, even if treatment hasn’t worked in the past. We are committed to aiding people who are living with treatment resistant disorders to find the treatment that will work for them in order to experience long-lasting and effective results. Our brain-based, individualized approach to care allows individuals to find the best methods of treatment to meet their specific needs, allowing for a more fluid transition into adulthood and effective mental health symptom management for the long haul.

Find out more about our mental health treatment services offered at our Evanston, IL location from our website.

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