Antidepressants Ineffective In Some Patients With Depression

Antidepressants have proven to be an effective method of treatment in between 35 and 40 percent of patients with depression, according to the Uplift Program, a statistics site. Rehabilitation facilities can provide individuals with the resources they need to manage the condition, but patients who show psychotic-like symptoms may be more difficult to treat.

New research shows that individuals who suffer from depression and display psychotic-like behavior are not as likely to respond to treatment through antidepressants. However, the same treatment for bipolar disorder is effective, which have many doctors questioning previous theories, according to U.S. News and World Report. Experts originally assumed that difficult cases of depression may be linked to bipolar disorder.

The study looked at 4,041 patients with depression. Nearly 30 percent of these individuals reported psychotic-like symptoms when treated with the antidepressant, Celexa. These patients were less likely to positively respond to treatment for their depression through drugs.

More than 18 million Americans suffer from a depressive disorder, according to the Uplift Program. Rehabilitation facilities may be able to help patients understand how to manage their condition over time.