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What is Ketamine?

An increasing number of people are being diagnosed with mood disorders, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other issues. It doesn't matter who you are or what sort of background you have - anyone can be affected. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, there are approximately 300 million people around the globe suffering from depression - 16.2 million of those are American adults. What's more, almost half of those people are also likely to be suffering from some type of anxiety disorder. If you are not personally suffering from the debilitating effects of depression or other mood-related disorders, then you likely have a loved one who is affected.

There are a range of treatment options available including pharmaceuticals, psychotherapy, EDMR, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT).
Unfortunately, for most sufferers, these offer only temporary relief. In fact, a 2008 study found that most antidepressants have little more than a placebo effect. The good news is that studies have shown that the use of low dose ketamine infusions can have a positive effect in the treatment of these conditions.

So, what exactly is Ketamine? It is a medication used in hospitals on a daily basis in anesthesia and is fully approved by the FDA. It is considered by the World Health Organization to be one of the most essential medicines in the world for pain relief and sedation. Since 2000, ketamine infusions have been successfully used in relieving the symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and various pain syndromes. Research is continuing in an attempt to explain why it is a success, but the current belief is that ketamine aids in the NMDA receptor blocking pattern which increases the levels of glutamate in the neuronal synapses. This has the knock-on effect of creating an optimal environment for healthier and stronger neurological pathways. In more simple terms - it's almost like resetting the brain!

If you or someone you love are suffering and the conventional treatments are not having the desired results, low-dose ketamine infusion therapy could be the answer.

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What Does a Ketamine Treatment Consist of?

When standard antidepressant medications are not working, Ketamine is a viable alternative. It is usually administered via an IV infusion and the effects will last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. In most situations, the treatment is given in a tapering sequence.
For Example:

  • Week One - 3 Infusions
  • Week Two - 2 Infusions
  • Weeks Three to Five - 1 Infusion
  • Monthly Maintenance Infusions

Ketamine can also be useful in the treatment of bipolar disorder, but it should be noted that it is not suitable for patients exhibiting active psychosis or mania and should not be administered in the presence of unstable cardiovascular disease.

Ketamine vs. SSRIs

In a growing number of cases, more traditional treatments offered for depression don't offer relief quickly enough or they just aren't effective enough. For many patients, Ketamine is a much more suitable treatment. Ketamine works in a completely different way than SSRIs like Zoloft or Lexapro. The most common explanation for how SSRIs work is the chemical imbalance theory which states that there is a deficit of serotonin that can be increased using SSRIs. However, this is not an accurate representation of depression. There is a great deal of research to support the idea that depression can be linked to a build-up of proteins in the brain. Ketamine combats this by repairing damage caused by long-term stress hormones like cortisol. Ketamine can rapidly repair this damage by increasing brain plasticity.

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