Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States amongst people aged 15 to 44. To those who suffer from it, depression causes a general lack of enjoyment for most, if not all, activity, and can lead to suicidality. Most people who suffer from depression suffer from it regularly or chronically, rather than sporadically or situationally. This means that everything from working to playing—and everything in between—becomes very difficult, if not impossible. If this dreadful experience is the only kind that a person has, it is no wonder why they become hopeless.
Traditional treatment for depression involves a combination of psychotherapy and pharmaceuticals. Patients regularly attend monthly, daily, or weekly sessions with a psychiatrist for their prescriptions, and a psychologist for their therapy. The psychologist teaches the patient to solve their issues by breaking them down into smaller, manageable pieces that can be handled in the short term. Meanwhile, the prescribed antidepressants provide additional serotonin to the brain. While this treatment has been effective for some, it does not work for everyone. In fact, nearly 20-30% of patients report that their depression does not improve with traditional treatments.
When traditional treatments do not work, this is when depression can be categorized as “treatment-resistant.” This when some patients give up completely. However, others try alternative treatments. Ketamine infusion therapy is one such treatment. While traditional treatments usually take a minimum of 4-6 weeks to see noticeable changes, the benefits of ketamine infusion therapy are oftentimes noticeable within the first hour of the first treatment. It works on the glutamate system, rather than on serotonin receptors. Ketamine is known to produce proteins that repair neural connections, and help create new ones that reroute around areas of damage in the brain. Patients usually report enjoying the treatment sessions, and feel that life has finally slowed down for them—that they can think about things clearly, and that they don’t feel overwhelmed by uncontrollable negative thoughts.
Are Ketamine Infusions Right for You?
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