There are unfortunate souls who spend their lives on a roller coaster of emotions – sometimes normal, sometimes almost so, sometimes in the dumps, and sometimes in deep depression. Medication of any sort seems to hold little relief.
I recently ran across a book entitled Understanding Depression by Dr. Raymond DePaulo Jr. in which he says 20 percent of his patients are difficult to treat and uses the term treatment-resistant to describe them. For these patients, he does not hold out much hope of their triumphing over depression. Instead he works with them to achieve the goal of 80% improvement for 80% of the time.
I have a slight variation of his goal for those I coach with treatment-resistant depression – and that is for them to feel 80% of normal 80% of the time. If that can be accomplished, their treatment is successful.
More on this theme in the next blog.