Every day last week, approximately 122 people in the United States took their lives by suicide.
This week, as we recognize World Suicide Prevention Day, it’s more important than ever to help spread awareness that can save lives. The tragedy of suicide is stealing loved ones-leaving behind family and friends to navigate the tragedy of loss, emptiness, and despair.
Untreated mental illnesses are often the cause of suicide. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental health leaves many feeling in the dark with nowhere to turn. This is why we need to do more as a society to help end the stigma and move forward in compassion and understanding.
Because depression is more than just having a bad day and it’s not just something people can shake off.
Depression can be debilitating. It can interfere with every aspect of your life…making it hard to function each day. In fact, depression is currently the leading cause of disability and poor health worldwide. And, with an estimated 1 in 6 Americans affected by the darkness of depression, it’s time to put the spotlight on treatments that help people get better.
The darkness of depression is something that affects an estimated 1 in 6 Americans. Luckily, many will find relief in medications and/or therapy. But what about the 30% of patients who still can’t find relief from their depression symptoms?
Traditional Depression Treatment Fails Sometimes
Flashback to 1958, the year when the first anti-depressant medication was introduced. As we look back over the past 61 years, we’re thankful for all the lives saved by antidepressants. We’re grateful that so many found relief in medications and/or therapy…but what about the 30% of patients who still can’t find relief from their depression symptoms?
Those who try medication after medication to no avail?
Now, there’s new hope in innovative treatments.
The Dawn Of A New Chapter
PASWFL is moving forward to help advance treatment options for those who suffer from severe depression. We’re writing a new chapter thanks to the help of genomics. In much the same way that cancer researchers have discovered that genetic makeup can determine how a cancer patient will respond to a special drug, mental health researchers are learning how to treat patients with mental illness through genomics or, more precisely, genetic testing.
The ultimate goal of all this is something called precision medicine, a model that clinicians hope will ultimately eliminate the trial-and-error process of determining medication and treatment and allow physicians to provide patients with what truly is a customized approach to healing.
Over the years, Dr. Pollack has leaned on a variety of specific genetic tests, or assays, to assist him in the proper selection of psychiatric medication for his treatment of patients suffering from mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The results of these genetic tests can be learned within a week following a simple cheek swab collected by the doctor or an assistant in the doctor’s office. They can also be used as a guide for the treatment of a wide range of other psychiatric conditions, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
Dr. Pollack says the genetic tests have greatly reduced the trial and error process associated with treatment and have allowed him to do a much better job of ending the right medication more quickly for his patients.
Innovative Treatments That Can Help Save Lives
The truth is, ‘end the stigma’ needs to be more than just a slogan. We all need to recognize that mental illness knows no boundaries. Innovative treatments like IV Ketamine, TMS Therapy, Theta Burst Stimulations, and Genomically Guided Psychopharmacology are helping people get well.
IV Ketamine can provide rapid relief of symptoms…
TMS Therapy is an effective noninvasive treatment option cleared by the FDA…
Theta Burst offers the same fantastic results as TMS in less time…
These treatments making a difference in thousands of people’s lives. If you or a loved one suffers from the torment of depression, know that there is hope!
Let’s work together to help you experience joy in the beauty of life.