A New Hope for Depressionadmin
If you or a loved one suffer from depression, you should know some exciting news. Ketamine infusion therapy is now the newest and most effective way to treat depression. Patients see improvement in hours — not weeks, as opposed to current antidepressant medications. This revolutionary therapeutic method was discovered as a side effect after its use as an anesthetic. We often hear about the negative side effects of medications, but in this case, we have discovered a very positive side effect of ketamine. In fact, it has been used for over 50 years as an anesthetic agent, and the WHO has even declared it an essential medication. Currently, over 20 clinics in the US deliver the groundbreaking treatment.
Ketamine infusion therapy successfully treats various types of depression, such as bipolar disorder, manic-depressive depression, as well as postpartum depression. Excellent results have also been seen in treating other debilitating conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and chronic pain from fibromyalgia, TMJ, or PTSD (Posttraumatic stress disorder). Your treatment center should, of course, tailor the treatment to the condition.
Depression hinders the lives of millions of Americans. The hopelessness that comes with the condition devastates not only the individuals suffering from depression, but also the lives of their family and friends. Traditional treatments are fully effective in only 1/3 of patients, another 1/3 have incomplete resolution of their symptoms, and 1/3 have no response at all. Presently, ketamine infusion therapy shows a significant improvement in 80% of cases.
So how does it work? As with many anesthetic agents, we do not yet entirely understand how ketamine delivers such amazing results. We do know, however, that it can be tremendously effective even in refractory cases (where traditional medications have failed). Some of the research indicates that an increase in the neurotransmitter called glutamic acid repairs or reforms previously damaged or unresponsive synapses. Those malfunctioning synapses would have normally resulted in depression.
The treatments involve a series of infusions performed in a controlled monitored environment. Typically each infusion takes about an hour. During this time the patient will experience a sensation of dissociation, much like very vivid dreams. Some have described this as an out of body experience. These effects are mild since the dosage used is much lower than that used for anesthesia. Many studies have reported mood improvements almost immediately, or within hours of the therapy. In general, there is a starting protocol of several infusions in a short period of time, called the acute treatment phase. This normally involves five treatments given over five days, after which the patient can look forward to “booster” infusions every few months.
When seeking a treatment center, patients should prioritize one with firstly the correct licenses and privileges to administer ketamine. Furthermore, the center should offer patients a high level of privacy and professional supervision. At last, we have an alternative to unreliable traditional therapies. Ketamine gives patients a new hope for depression!