Depression & Mood Disorders
What is depression?
Clinical depression affects nearly 7% of U.S. adults or about 16 million people with a significant number being children and teenagers.
Depression is the overwhelming feeling of sadness even if everything in your life seems to be going right. Some depressed people don’t feel sad at all—they may feel empty, lifeless and apathetic, or even angry, aggressive, and restless.
Depression makes it difficult to function and the feelings of hopelessness are intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.
Other mental illnesses related to depression include anxiety, PTSD, migraine headaches and sleep disorders.
What are the Common Treatments for Depression?
There are over 20 medications approved by the FDA to treat depression as well as Electro Convulsive Therapy. Despite the plethora of antidepressants, there are many patients who do not seem to get better. Many have spent years switching from one antidepressant to another. It has been shown that 30% of those with depression are treatment failures. This is called Treatment Resistant Depression or TRD.
Antidepressants, the mainstay of treatment for decades have many unpleasant side effects including loss of libido, nausea, insomnia, dizziness, and the list goes on. In addition, antidepressants usually take weeks or months to work.
Therefore, there is a need for more rapidly effective treatment for major depressive disorders, especially for suicidal ideation.
How is Ketamine Used To Treat Major Depressive Disorders, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Convulsive Disorder and Chronic Anxiety?
There hasn’t been a major depression-drug breakthrough in nearly three decades until now. Ketamine, which has been around since the 1960's has been the biggest discovery in treating depressive disorders.
Research on Ketamine Therapy and its many benefits for mood disorders is exploding.
For mood disorders, Ketamine is completely different from SSRIs, tricyclics, MOAI inhibitors, benzodiazepines, or any other antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication. In short, when Ketamine is administered, it restores the balance of chemicals called neurotransmitters in the brain. The effects of Ketamine on the brain result in relief of depressive symptoms.
Ketamine infusion therapy has been shown to work quickly, sometimes immediately after the first 45 minutes after therapy. Many patients experience relief in 1-2 days after infusion.
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