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Treating Depression with Ketamine

What is Depression?

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder brought on by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Those struggling with depression may experience severe symptoms that impact how they feel, think, and handle simple day-to-day activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Many people often wonder if they are clinically depressed, so it’s important to know the signs, and seek out the advice of medical professionals. 

For individuals that have yet to find relief in other depression treatments, ketamine may be the answer. Ketamine has been found to relieve the symptoms of depression for many individuals, sometimes in as quickly as a few hours of receiving treatment, rather than the usual months most antidepressants can take to be fully effective. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with depression and are looking for a new form of treatment, contact an experienced Florida ketamine doctor today. 

Symptoms of Depression

While each individual suffering from depression experiences their condition in a different way, there are many symptoms of depression which are reported through the majority of patients diagnosed with this mental ailment.

According to WebMD, some of the most common symptoms of depression include, but are not limited to:

  • Fatigue
  • Ongoing sadness
  • Ongoing Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Thoughts of self-harm
  • Overeating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Hopelessness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Fatigue
  • Ongoing sadness
  • Ongoing Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Thoughts of self-harm
  • Overeating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Hopelessness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty focusing

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine, an FDA approved drug for general anesthesia, has been shown in off-label trials to provide significant antidepressant benefits to patients utilizing Ketamine IV Therapy. This therapy uses doses lower than those used in anesthesia infused over 50 minutes to provide the potential for lasting improvement of depressive symptoms. 

Ketamine and Depression

How does it work?

While clinical evidence is still being developed as studies are ongoing, early returns show promising benefits in the use of Ketamine to treat depression and other neurological or mood disorders. Many of our patients come to New Horizon Clinics having had little-to-no success treating depression with traditional therapies, such as SSRIs. Unfortunately, SSRIs have a much longer onset time and, for some patients, time is of the essence. As a result, more and more patients have been reported to find quicker relief through ketamine therapy. 

The rise of ketamine in treating depression is a fairly new development, but the returns have been incredibly promising. That being said, there are still some potential side-effects to be aware of if treating your depression with ketamine.

 

How can ketamine help treat depression?

According to WebMD, Ketamine treats depression much like an antidepressant, but much quicker than your standard antidepressant. When a patient is prescribed antidepressants, there is usually a period of a few weeks before the medication’s impact can be felt. Ketamine, on the other hand, provides nearly an immediate relief for depression according to Dr. John Kyrstal, MD, who is the head of psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. 

While researchers are still not completely sure why Ketamine appears to be so impactful in treating depression, one theory is that ketamine helps the brain cells that are involved in developing mood to regrow. 

It has been reported that over 16 million adults, or nearly 7% of American adults, suffer from depression. For those who suffer from this mood disorder, it can have an overwhelming impact on nearly every aspect of one’s life. All of the sudden, activities you used to take pleasure in are now unenjoyable, and overall enthusiasm is hard to come by. If you or a loved one is suffering from depression and struggling to find proper relief through traditional medications and treatments, contact a ketamine therapy doctor at one of our New Horizon Clinic locations and see if ketamine treatment may be a viable option for treating your depression. 

Side-Effects of Ketamine

According to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, the following have been reported as side-effects associated with ketamine therapy. You should contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Feelings of joy
  • Feeling “detached” from your body
  • Hallucinations
  • Decreased sensitivity to pain
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Confusion
  • Feelings of joy
  • Feeling “detached” from your body
  • Hallucinations
  • Decreased sensitivity to pain
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Confusion

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