The news of Robin Williams’ suicide shocked the world. There has been a flurry of news converage. But we hope this is not just a flash in the pan as so many tragic stories are in the short attention span of modern media. At Neuro-Luminance, we hope this event wakes the world up to the potential consequences of depression, often dire. How is it that a man who seemed to have everything…who delighted people the world over…could end up so distraught as to end his own life. If the story of Robin Williams’ solitary despair and sense of hopelessness in a time when we have the most effective treatments for depression in history awakens the world to the availability of these treatments and helps thousands of people seek modern treatment for depression, then his loss may save thousands. Unfortunately, people are often too ashamed to admit they need help, even when they know deep down they need it. And all too often, when they reach out for help their initial experiences are disappointing.
We have this expectation that antidepressants will absolutely cure depression. Sadly, the situation is much less promising. Just over one-third of all patients with symptoms of depression will respond to the first antidepressant that they try. This leads many patients to become disheartened and hopeless. At Neuro-Luminance, we know that the failure of these medications is not only due to their incomplete mechanisms of action, but also due to the poor identification of the actual neurobiological mechanisms responsible for depression in individual cases. Neuroimaging, such as SPECT scans, helps to diagnose the mechanism responsible of a person’s depression and also identify neurological disorders which may masquerade as psychiatric conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, toxic brain injury, or dementia. Ultimately, the combination of neuroimaging, clinical evaluation, psychological testing as indicated, and genetic testing are more likely to reveal the most complete diagnosis and guide the clinician to the best treatment.
At Neuro-Luminance, we also offer ketamine infusion therapy for treatment-resistant depression. This cutting edge treatment has proven life-saving for many of our patients and our clinic has a 90% response rate. A recent multi-infusion study at the University of Minnesota also found a 91% response rate. So we strongly believe that depression can be treated. No matter how deep, how sad, or how hopeless a person’s depression might seem, we have witnessed their recovery in our ketamine infusion centers.
Robin Williams was known to have a big heart and always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. He brought happiness and hope to many. It seems fitting that even his death is serving to help those in need. Seek help if you or a loved one needs it. Learn how your brain really works so you can find the correct treatment. Recovery from depression is not a fantasy. It is a modern day reality. Visit Neuro-Luminance.com to learn more.