Depression is a serious health problem. W.H.O declared depression as the #1 cause of disability worldwide. In the United States, 7% of the population is affected. Currently, there are approximately 15 million people with clinical depression in this country. 

Despite various forms of treatments being available, it remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. 

Its generally treated with both talk therapy (psychotherapy) and medications. First episode of depression can be treated with psychotherapy especially if it's mild to moderate in severity. However, for recurrent episodes, medications are required. Current oral medications are effective in treating these patients in its entirety only in 2 out of 3 cases. After each medication trial the chances of remission keep decreasing. After trying 4 different medications for 1 full year approximately 67% of patients get well. That means there will be 33% of patients who will not respond to currently available medications.  

In the next blog I will write about the advaced treatments we are offering for these 33% of patients who are not getting better. 

Mazhar Golewale MD Board Certified Psychiatrist and Medical Director of Suburban Behavioral Health Services

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