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How Does Ketamine Work For Depression Treatment?

Ketamine is an innovative new treatment that some doctors are calling the biggest breakthrough in depression treatment in decades. Originally FDA-approved as an anesthetic, research has indicated that IV Ketamine infusion at a low doses into the bloodstream can bring relief in up to 80% of patients. Ketamine can help patients find relief from their depression symptoms with hours, rather than the weeks an antidepressant or Brain Stimulation may take. Continue reading to learn more about this exciting new option for treating depressive conditions.

While a traditional medication or antidepressant may take months to relief symptoms, Ketamine is thought to help restore nerve connections within the brain and also is helpful with fostering new connections, effectively “rewiring the brain”. The National Institute of Mental Health (NiMH) is the site of much of the research behind Ketamine for depressive illnesses, but other centers and around the world are documenting their success with this effective new treatment.

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Fast And Effective Depression Treatment

Research initially indicated that any particular antidepressant works by targeting serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain thought to be related to depressive thoughts. However, new research in the last few decades indicates that serotonin only plays a part in the development of depressive conditions, and nerve connections within the brain may play a more vital role than previously thought.

In initial studies performed with Ketamine, over half of participants in the studies experienced a large decrease in depressive symptoms within just 4 hours after infusion. Contrast this with your typical antidepressant, which can take weeks or months at a time, and it becomes clear why Ketamine is such an exciting new option for those suffering from depression.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that millions of individuals suffer from each year in the United States alone. The national average is somewhere around 7 million US adults each year. It will cause an intense feeling of sadness and likely leads to isolation and withdrawal from a person’s loved one or social life.

This disorder will deeply affect how a person thinks and feels, and can bring on additional emotional or physical problems, such as persistent anxiety. A person may find themselves unable to complete everyday tasks, and in some cases may even have suicidal thoughts or ideations.

There is no shame in feeling depressed. Suffering from this condition is not a sign of weakness, and oftentimes will require long-term treatment rather than short term. Fortunately, many respond very positively to the various ways in which modern healthcare can treat depression. Continue reading to learn more about this disorder and any questions you may have.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Some may confuse depression as a simple side effect of growing older, but this is not true. Treating depression should not be taken lightly. If you or a loved one are feeling depressed, it is important that you get help.
Depressive disorders often stay undiagnosed and thus untreated in older adults, and many may feel reluctant to get help. This can cause many older adults to miss out on a healthy lifestyle. Symptoms in older adults may include:

  • Personality changes
  • Change in memory comprehension
  • Fatigue or sleep problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Social withdrawal
  • Suicidal thoughts or ideations

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Schedule Your Ketamine For Depression Consultation

It is essential to recognize depression symptoms in daily life within us or among those who surround us. If you or your loved ones suffer from major depression, or have experienced any symptoms that can be categorized under unipolar or bipolar major depression, please call our Depression Treatment Center in Los Angeles at (424) 359-1488 to schedule a consultation. We would love to discuss your symptoms and draft an consultation plan accordingly.

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