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What is the success rate of getting depression successfully treated/cured?

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Dr. Andrew Ho
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In brief: Most feel better

Success rate defined as no longer suffering from major depression after aggressive antidepressant treatment is about 65-75%.
Going beyond medication to psychotherapy, tms, ect, vns adds at least another 20-30%. It is extremely rare to have persisting severe depression after going through all available treatments. Preventing recurrence is hard, generally requiring maintenance of treatment.

In brief: Most feel better

Success rate defined as no longer suffering from major depression after aggressive antidepressant treatment is about 65-75%.
Going beyond medication to psychotherapy, tms, ect, vns adds at least another 20-30%. It is extremely rare to have persisting severe depression after going through all available treatments. Preventing recurrence is hard, generally requiring maintenance of treatment.
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Dr. Louis Cady
At our center, where we do TMS, we also make sure that the patient is hormonally optimized. This includes thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormones. We also exclude (and treat, if necessary), any vitamin or nutrient deficiencies. In addition, I use some of the techniques from that Dr. Stephen Stahl, MD, PhD has made more famous, including parallel and synergistic antidepressant therapy - sometimes all of these right along TMS therapy. We have had great results. I would say with a combination of some or all of these treatments, the success rate would be about 90%. Tragically, there are some people that even this aggressive approach can't reach.
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