What Can Ketamine Do for Your Depression?

Ketamine was once known as a “club drug” because it can produce a calming state of sedation and out-of-body-like hallucinations. Now, ketamine is being used to treat severe and treatment-resistant depression. The team at Progressive Behavioral Health, PLLC offers ketamine therapy for depression and other mental health conditions. Read on to find out how ketamine can treat depression.

What is depression?

Major depression is one of the most common, debilitating, and costly mental disorders in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. In 2015, about 16.1 million Americans aged 18 and older — almost 7% of all U.S. adults — suffered at least one major depressive event in the year.

A major depression is more than just sadness. It’s a psychiatric disorder that includes feeling worthless, suicidal thoughts, loss of interest in most activities, reduction or increase in appetite or sleep, and trouble concentrating.

The American Psychiatric Association says that 6-7% of full-time American workers experienced major depression within the past year, with the economic burden estimated to be more than $210 billion.

How ketamine helps depression

Ketamine is categorized as a dissociative anesthetic, and it has long been used in powdered and liquid form as an anesthetic for surgical procedures.

In the early 1990s, Yale University researchers noticed that smaller doses of ketamine offered almost immediate, though temporary, relief for chronically depressed patients. It can rapidly reduce thoughts of suicide and other symptoms of depression and anxiety.

While other depression treatments can take weeks or months to work, patients who respond to ketamine can get relief must faster, sometimes even immediately.

Ketamine is delivered through an intravenous infusion or a nasal spray. And even though it’s not entirely clear how ketamine works, it seems to help neurons communicate through new pathways, which affects thought patterns, mood, and cognition.

Ketamine is now being used to treat:

What is ketamine therapy?

The team at Progressive Behavioral Health, PLLC will customize a ketamine treatment plan according to your specific needs. During your hour-long therapy sessions, the drug is delivered directly into your bloodstream through an intravenous infusion.

Patients typically undergo 6-8 therapy sessions at first, with future sessions every so often to maintain optimal results.

If you suffer from depression that other therapies haven’t helped, book an appointment online or over the phone with Progressive Behavioral Health, PLLC to see if ketamine therapy can help you.

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