You are the perfectionist. You are the person who is very self-critical or you’re the person who doesn’t take criticism well. You’re the person who refuses to believe anything is a big deal, even when it really feels like one. Among other things such as your daily stressors, sudden tragedies, and frequent failures, you’ve come to find that these factors have built upon one another, and you’re feeling really, really sad.
They say having depression is sort of like having a cold. We tend to downplay our symptoms hoping they will go away until finally they get worse, and we end up with an infection and a weakened immune system. We tend to view depression as just a wave of sadness when it typically burrows much deeper than that, and can impede on quality of life and overall ability to carry out daily functions.
Depression can affect people physically and neurologically, as well. In depressive episodes, people tend to lose interest in the things they once found pleasure in, they lose motivation to do everyday tasks, and they may even start to develop negative physical symptoms. The worst part of all is people feel as though they cannot talk to anybody about it. They feel as though their problem doesn’t warrant the stress or attention of somebody else. Clinical and/or severe depression can encompass all of the symptoms and even more.
Maybe this sounds like you. You have already tried to get help, and you are already on medication, but your debilitating sadness or suicidal thoughts have not gone away. In some cases, people are diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression or TRD. Criteria for defining TRD is not particularly thorough, which is surprising with how often it occurs among patients with clinical depression. Treatment-resistant depression is characterized by depression that is not treated properly or misdiagnosed all together. In order to either avoid or diagnose TRD, a person must go through extensive clinical trials. Aside from these trials, there is an option for people experiencing TRD, and it’s SPRAVATO.
SPRAVATO is a prescription drug used in conjunction with antidepressants to treat treatment-resistant depression and/or symptoms associated with major depressive disorder. Those who have used SPRAVATO have seen results in just four weeks, and after sixteen weeks, many stopped therapy completely. SPRAVATO is a self- administered nasal spray taken 1-2 times per week depending on your start date. It has been tested for long-term safety and poses very few threats to its users. SPRAVATO targets the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor, opposed to antidepressants, which aim to raise levels of serotonin and dopamine.
Depression can widely be misunderstood. Those who don’t experience major depressive disorder symptoms may believe that those who suffer can just ‘snap out of it,’ or that it is a choice. Although not all days are bad, and you appreciate the way others try to help, it’s time to stop suffering. It’s time to consider SPRAVATO.