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Treatment-Resistant Depression in Hispanic Patients

Alan Podawiltz, DO, MS, FAPA, and Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH

Published: June 15, 2010

Article Abstract

About one-third of patients treated with antidepressants do not respond to initial treatment, and Spanish-speaking Hispanic patients with major depression may exhibit a worse response to initial medication than English-speaking patients. Patients and clinicians should be resolute and patient as different regimens are tried throughout the course of treatment. Other options include electroconvulsive therapy, vagus nerve stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and the medicinal food L-methylfolate.

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