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Description

• Depression is a common and debilitating disease complicated by comorbidities, medication side effects, limited alternative treatment options, and poor patient adherence.

• Currently, clinical practice guidelines are available outlining the indications and treatment options for depression.

• Discussion will involve pathophysiology of the disease process and possible treatments, such as pharmacotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and somatic therapy, including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

• ECT is widely accepted as an effective treatment for severe refractory depression, but has a negative social stigma despite its effectiveness.

• This paper has shown ECT remains the most effective treatment of severe refractory depression in adult patients, despite the negative reputation it holds.

• Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) will be also be discussed as a possible alternative to established methods of treatment.

Department

Physician Assistant Studies

Degree Name

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

First Advisor

Heidi Olson-Fitzgerald

Second Advisor

Susan Kuntz

Publication Date

2015

Keywords

Depressive Disorder, Major -- physiopathology; Depressive Disorder, Major -- therapy; Comparative Study

Disciplines

Psychiatric and Mental Health

Treatment of Resistant Depression

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