Treating Postpartum Depression with Ketamine
What is Postpartum Depression?
An overwhelming range of emotions can be felt at the time of childbirth, from joy and wonder to apprehension and fear. Research suggests that as many as 1 in 7 mothers experience postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression is a result of childbirth, not a reflection of the parent’s morality or quality as a parent. An early diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression can help you manage your symptoms and foster a stronger bond with your child after your delivery. If you or a loved one are suffering from postpartum depression, contact one of our Florida Ketamine Clinics and see if ketamine therapy could improve your quality of life!
Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression
According to the CDC, feelings of postpartum depression are more intense and persistent than those of “baby blues,” a term used to describe the anxiety, exhaustion, and sadness that many women experience after giving birth. Beginning within the first two to three days after delivery, “baby blues” can last as long as two weeks and are additionally characterized by mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. The Mayo Clinic suggests that postpartum depression is a more severe and long-lasting form of depression. Postpartum psychosis, an extreme mood disorder, may also develop following childbirth.
Symptoms of postpartum depression can include, but are not limited to:
- Crying more often than usual
- Withdrawing from loved ones
- Feeling disconnected and distant from the baby
- Excessive worrying and anxiety, often affecting quantity and quality of sleep
- Thinking about hurting yourself or the baby
- Doubting your ability to care for the baby
What is ketamine?
Extensive research has been conducted into the treatment of different forms of depression with Ketamine therapy. In the 1960s, ketamine was first used as an anesthetic for animals in Belgium. In 1970, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it as an anesthetic for human use. It was used on the battlefields of the Vietnam War to treat soldiers who had been wounded. There’s no need for a ventilator with ketamine, as it doesn’t slow breathing or heart rate like other anesthetics.
A 40-minute IV infusion is required. Drips can cause a dissociative effect that lasts for about 15 to 20 minutes. Throughout the procedure, a medical professional is always on hand to provide assistance. The doctor isn’t always in the room with the patient, but he or she is always available if the patient needs anything or is confused or anxious. The ketamine IV Infusion can cause patients to fall asleep.
How can Ketamine help treat New Daily Persistent Headaches?
Numerous studies have shown that treating postpartum depression with ketamine can produce tremendous relief for the patient. Selected serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and other antidepressants are commonly prescribed to new mothers who are diagnosed with postpartum depression. It is important to note that these medications can take several weeks or months to have an effect, and those with severe postpartum depression may need relief much sooner, given the additional stress of caring for a baby. Taking traditional antidepressants for an extended period of time may require the mother to stop breastfeeding in order to avoid any negative effects on her child from the medication. Female postpartum depression patients benefit from this cutting-edge therapy that is both safe and effective. Ketamine has been around for years, but clinics are increasingly turning to it as an alternative to conventional treatments. The effects of ketamine infusion therapy are typically felt within minutes of beginning treatment.
Is Ketamine Safe During Breastfeeding?
There has not been adequate research to determine, with complete certainty, the safety of breastfeeding while undergoing ketamine therapy. Initial research indicates it is safe, but to be abundantly cautious, our ketamine doctors recommend a two-day pump-and-dump period following ketamine treatments, followed by a return to regular feedings the third day after treatment. You should always consult your personal physician before beginning therapy as each person is different.