What Are the Biggest Challenges in Treating Depression?

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Now several and one of them is having people recognize that they are depressed, because as I said depression has many phases, to recognize that somebody who is angry all the time, is depressed and not just angry and so having the person seek help. And seek the help in the right place is important.

There is still a taboo about seeking psychiatric help. Once they do come for treatment, having them follow through with the treatment is difficult, one of the things with depression is that people have difficulty in making decisions, difficulty sticking with those. We don't have the same biological measures and matters that other fields and medicine have if somebody comes, we can't do an x-ray or do a test and say if you see that is depression.

So to be able to work with a psychiatrist and psychotherapist until they find the right solution to the problem because the time frame is much longer. So if you have somebody on antibiotic regiments like a week or two, for antidepressants we're talking several months. So to even know if a medication is not working and switching someone to something else takes a long period of time.

I mean people are depressed time tends to slow down just like if you're in pain so they don't have the patience to stick with it. Lifestyle changes that contribute to depression, threats in homes, substance abuse is a huge problem that tends to contribute to treatment resistance..