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Apr 12, 2017 · Mayo's depression mood 2 week program in Depression & Anxiety

This sounds like the adult outpatient program offered in Rochester. I spent a few days with the caring group of professionals in the psychiatry department last fall. I met with folks who told me all about the program and received some nice material explaining how the program operated. While I was encouraged to attend this program, there were a few reasons I chose not to participate.

One, I live in Florida so the expense of traveling, hotels, cars, and out of pocket insurance fees made it a bit out of reach for me. Also, trying to fit 2 weeks into my schedule was tough to do.

Two. I was prescribed a new drug combination to help with my treatment resistant major depression. This new “cocktail” has helped me considerably. I hadn’t felt this good in a few years. As a result I felt that I could address many of the things taught in the program just because my emotion/mood had shifted.

Three, and for me the most important issue, is that I asked specifically about the success and recidivism rate. I was told that, while attendees seem to get a lot out of the program, Mayo has not determined the actual success rate in terms of how many patients relapse. There does not appear to be any periodic follow up with the patients to see how they are doing. I suppose unless someone is actually being treated by the Mayo Rochester staff, the program staff really have no idea how truly “successful” it actually turned out for the patient. Personally, I find this a bit surprising. If I am going to spend a lot of money to participate in this program, I want to know what is the long term benefit.

With that said, if one can afford the out of pocket expenses and has the time then this program seems, on paper, like it would benefit a patient (in combination with other supplemental treatment). Mental health is a dynamic issue. Seeking out professional help is a must if a person wants to feel as “normal” as possible. It may simply come down to CBT discussion with a counselor, being placed on or changes to prescription medication, and/or the Mayo mood program. Only you and your family can decide the best treatment option(s).