Ketamine for Depression Treatment
First approved by the FDA as an anesthetic, ketamine has been around since the ’60s. However, it was not until 2006 that ketamine for depression treatment was introduced. Ketamine has been shown to improve depression in 70% of patients.
Unlike other medications that sometimes take weeks or months to do their job, ketamine for depression treatment in West Springfield, MA, works fast, with many patients reporting a difference within several hours of their first infusion. To learn more, be sure and watch the short clip below about how ketamine infusion for depression gives new hope to those who have lost it.
What Is Depression?
Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mood disorders, affecting millions of Americans. There are several recognized types of depression, but all impact how people think and feel about themselves, those around them, and life in general. In many cases, severe depression can lead to mental and emotional paralysis that negatively impacts eating, sleeping, and working. It may also affect the quality of their relationships.
What Are The Different Types Of Depression?
Some Of The Typical Diagnoses Of Depressive Disorders May Include:
- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): Also known as clinical depression or unipolar depression. The most common form of depression. It can be just a single episode, but some people may experience it periodically throughout their lives.
- Postpartum Depression: A type of depression usually brought on by the hormonal shifts women experience the months or years following childbirth.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Depression is caused by a change in the body’s circadian rhythm, usually bringing on depression during a specific season.
- Situational Depression: While the symptoms are much like major depressive disorder, this is depression brought on by a specific event, such as the death of a loved one or a life-threatening event.
- Persistent Depression: Also known as dysthymia or chronic depression, this is depression that lasts for two years or more.
- Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorder: Characterized by periods of mania alternating with periods of intense depression.
What Are The Symptoms of Depression?
Many people are genuinely depressed only once, while others can experience it daily. More frequent occurrences are as problematic as single instances, and there are many symptoms to watch out for:
- When you are burdened by the weight of emotions like sadness, tearfulness, emptiness, or hopelessness.
- If you experience outbursts of frustration, anger, or irritability caused by trivial problems.
- You avoid hobbies, sports, intimacy – things you were once interested in and looked forward to.
- Issues with sleeping, including not getting enough hours of rest or even sleeping too long.
- You’re physically tired or lack energy, mainly while accomplishing chores of minimal effort.
- Eating or weight problems, such as not having an appetite and eating less than usual, or weight gain from binge eating.
- Everyday situations like making dinner or interacting with co-workers make you restless, agitated, or anxious.
- You don’t think as quickly as you used to, or your body moves in slow motion.
- Memories of past failure or guilt nag at you, and you can’t shake them.
- Your decision-making skills are diminished due to trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, or overall hesitance.
- You think of suicide or harming yourself or others.
- You wonder why you have sudden headaches or body discomforts
Is Ketamine Treatment Right for You?
Although it has been used for more than half a century as an anesthetic and pain reliever, ketamine is now proving to be the most significant breakthrough in depression treatment in decades as well. Studies show that up to 72% of patients may find relief from symptoms after undergoing a series of IV ketamine infusions.
If you are interested in learning more about how ketamine treatment for depression can help you, contact The Wellness Drip today and schedule your free consultation.