Ketamine treatment for depression is a new method for individuals who have not been able to respond to other treatments. What is Ketamine treatment? Ketamine is a synthetic drug that was first used as a short-lasting anesthetic on the battlefield. Through medical advancements more light has been shed on the benefits of Ketamine. More clinical evidence has emerged suggesting Ketamine can help alleviate depression and thoughts of suicide as a fast-acting treatment.
Conditions that can be treated with Ketamine
Ketamine treatment for depression is promising not only for treatment-resistant depression, it also works in therapeutic situations for other conditions. Some of those conditions include:
- Suicidal ideation
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic pain
There is also a form of Ketamine called Esketamine, a nasal spray, that is FDA-approved specifically for depression resistant to treatment.
How does Ketamine Work?
Chief psychiatrist at Yale Medicine, Dr. John Krystal, is one of the pioneers of Ketamine research, and his studies show how Ketamine for depression is effective and revolutionary. He explains that “when you take Ketamine, it triggers reactions in your cortex that enable brain connections to regrow. It’s the reaction to Ketamine, not the presence of Ketamine in the body that constitutes its effects.” Dr Krystal also talks about the differences between traditional drugs for depression and anxiety and Ketamine. He says “with most medications, like Valium, the anti-anxiety effect you get only lasts when it is in your system. When the valium goes away, you can get rebound anxiety.” Unlike traditional SSRIs (like Zoloft or Prozac) or Benzodiazepines (like Valium or Xanax) that are commonly prescribed for anxiety and depression, Ketamine works differently.
Antidepressants help regulate chemicals in the brain and Ketamine does not influence those chemicals. Instead, Ketamine pushes the production of glutamate, and glutamate impacts neuroplasticity. Through this process the brain is allowed to create new neuropathways and the brain literally restructures itself. This is why researchers are talking about the discovery of Ketamine as “the biggest breakthrough in the field of depression in over 60 years”.
What to expect during Ketamine Treatment?
Ketamine treatments for depression are administered by infusion. The infusions are safe, relaxing, and do not affect the respiratory system. A typical Ketamine therapy session is distributed intramuscularly or infused intravenously over 40-60 minutes. These sessions are closely monitored and take place in comfortable settings made to maximize treatment. Patients may experience an altered mental state during allotted treatment time, though they will be conscious and able to speak.
At the Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives, we are entirely devoted to bringing our clients this unique healing modality for depression and total mind wellness. Our providers are Candace, our licensed mental health professional, and Austin, our board-certified nurse practitioner. Both are trained in Emotion-Focused Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy. Each of them also has extensive experience working in mental health settings.
To learn more about our treatment plans focused on Ketamine for depression, call Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives at 385-685-1410 to schedule your free consultation today. Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives offers the lowest prices for Ketamine therapy treatment in the area and is committed to providing healing for the body and mind to the Salt Lake City and West Jordan, Utah area.
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