Ketamine Therapy for Depression Treatment:
Major Depression, Suicidal Ideation, Treatment-Resistant Depression
Major depression affects more than 16 million American adults annually. Nearly a third of these individuals don’t find relief from antidepressants, sadly. For those struggling with depression, it can be debilitating and drain one’s energy. Even in cases of treatment-resistant depression, ketamine offers new hope. Research supports the use of ketamine therapy’s effectiveness for depression treatment, including:
• Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
• Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)
• Treatment-Resistant Depression
• Post-Partum Depression (PPD)
• Bipolar Disorder
• Depression with Suicidal Ideation
Ketamine Therapy & Depression Treatment
The standard treatment cycle for using ketamine to treat depression is typically six treatments over a two-week period. This treatment program is what the research shows to work best and be most effective. Upon completing the initial six treatments, most individuals need to continue with a maintenance program to effectively manage their depression.
How Does Ketamine Work for Treating Depression?
Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist, which allows it to reduce the glutamatergic signal transduction in the brain – basically, affecting the signals in the brain that play a role in depression. In a low dose, ketamine has been shown to employ rapid antidepressant effects in patients suffering from depression. While anti-depressants come with many side effects for many who use them to treat and manage their depression, ketamine – when administered properly – has none of the side effects commonly seen with anti-depressants.
Are you suffering from depression? We invite you to call our clinic to learn more about ketamine therapy and see if it might be right for you.