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Two of the common signs of a major depressive disorder include a persistent feeling of sadness and a loss of interest in normal activities. This can lead to symptoms such as changes in sleep patterns, changes in energy levels, difficulty concentrating, or even thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

The National Network of Depression Centers lists some interesting facts about this disorder. One in five Americans will be impacted by mental illness in their lifetime and depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. among people 15 to 44.

So, what are some of the typical treatments, therapies, and solutions to help relieve the symptoms of depression?

Nearby Ketamine clinics for depression in Los Angeles

What Are General Methods Used to Treat Depression?

The more common methods used for treating depression include psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, and traditional anti-depressant drugs.
While talk therapy and medications are often prescribed for the patient, making a few lifestyle changes can also help manage depression symptoms.
Top lifestyle changes include:

  • Nutrition
  • Social support
  • Regular exercise
  • Sleep
  • Stress reduction

Alternative methods include things like acupuncture, meditation, relaxation techniques, and even new treatments like ketamine infusions.

Are Stimulants Used as a Treatment for Depression?

While not used as often as antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy, certain stimulants are sometimes prescribed. D-amphetamine (Dexedrine) and methylphenidate (Ritalin) are two stimulants sometimes used for major depression.

In a study published in the Primary Care Companion to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Dr. Jeff C. Huffman discovered that “Psychostimulants effectively treat acute depression. These agents are rapidly acting (frequently having a therapeutic effect within 48 hours) and have been well-tolerated in a variety of settings and patient populations.”

Dr. Huffman went on to say, “Psychostimulant treatment may be especially warranted when depression has led to poor nutritional intake in medically fragile patients, limited participation in crucial rehabilitation activities (e.g., post-stroke physical therapy and occupational therapy), and impaired decision-making capacity during times when key medical decisions need to be made.”

What Are the Different Types of Medications for Depression?

In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required that all prescription antidepressant medications include a black box warning. While generally safe the warning states that children, teenagers, and young adults may be at increased risk of suicidal thoughts or suicidal behavior while taking antidepressants.

The top antidepressant medications include:

Atypical antidepressants
  • Wellbutrin
  • Remeron
  • Trintellix
Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Tofranil
  • Pamelor
  • Norpramin
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Parnate
  • Nardil
  • Marplan
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Prozac
  • Paxil
  • Zoloft
Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Cymbalta
  • Effexor
  • Fetzima

For patients with treatment-resistant depression,or for those looking for more immediate relief, IV ketamine infusions or SPRAVATO esketamine nasal spray, might be the right solution.

 

What Are the Different Types of Medications for Depression?

In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required that all prescription antidepressant medications include a black box warning. While generally safe the warning states that children, teenagers, and young adults may be at increased risk of suicidal thoughts or suicidal behavior while taking antidepressants.

The top antidepressant medications include:

Atypical antidepressants
  • Wellbutrin
  • Remeron
  • Trintellix
Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Tofranil
  • Pamelor
  • Norpramin
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Parnate
  • Nardil
  • Marplan
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Prozac
  • Paxil
  • Zoloft
Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Cymbalta
  • Effexor
  • Fetzima

For patients with treatment-resistant depression,or for those looking for more immediate relief, IV ketamine infusions or SPRAVATO esketamine nasal spray, might be the right solution.

 

How Can The Doctors At Pacific Ketamine Institute Help You?

Pacific Ketamine Institute is a ketamine clinic in Los Angeles that offers both IV ketamine infusion therapy and SPRAVATO™ esketamine nasal spray. Both forms of treatment options are showing great promise as an effective treatment for major depressive disorder.

If you think you are experiencing signs and symptoms for depression, the first thing Dr. Steuer at Pacific Ketamine Institute (PKI) will do is conduct a psychological evaluation and also rule out any underlying conditions. He may order blood work and certain lab tests as part of a complete physical exam and medical history.

He may also attempt to pinpoint the exact type of depression you have. The Mayo Clinic lists the different types of depression such as:

    • Anxious distress
    • Atypical features
    • Catatonia
    • Melancholic features
    • Mixed features
    • Peripartum onset
    • Psychotic features
    • Seasonal pattern

Before visiting your psychologist, psychiatrist or primary care doctor, try to keep a record of your symptoms depression – when they happen, how often, what triggers them, and if anything makes them feel better or worse. This will help your health care provider make an accurate diagnosis of your condition.

Using Ketamine for Depression

If Dr. Steuer provides you with a diagnosis of depression, or other mood or mental health disorders, the next step is to recommend a plan of action. Reach out to PKI today and schedule your FREE consultation and discover if you’re a candidate for Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Depression.

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