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Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine Therapy for Mood and Pain Disorders

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 264 million people around the world (including 17.3 million adults in the United States) suffer from depression.  Nearly half of all people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Research has shown that Ketamin Therapy has been effective in treating severe cases of mood and pain disorders that haven’t responded to conventional medications or therapies.

As a medication it has fast-acting antidepressant properties that mental health experts and providers have been studying for over 20 years. As it provides quick and lasting relief, it has been called the most important breakthrough in the treatment of depression in recent memory.

While ketamine is not considered a first-line therapy for chronic pain or depression, it can be used off-label to treat severe cases of depression, anxiety and PTSD that haven’t responded to conventional medications or therapies.

When ketamine is administered through a slow intravenous drip, it has calming and extremely therapeutic effects on the regions of your brain that control mood and behavior. It works by causing new connections (synapses) to be made in the brain. Even a single low dose of ketamine can rapidly lift depression. 

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a well-researched, rapidly acting, non-barbiturate, dissociative anesthetic   approved by the FDA in 1970, and has been globally used ever since. 

Old, well-established applications where the role of ketamine remains unchallenged are: as an IV induction agent in the emergency setting in shocked or hypotensive patients; for patients with reactive airways disease; and for induction of patients especially children with congenital heart disease. Ketamine has been widely used to provide analgesia in burn dressing changes, during excision and grafting and for sedation. Ketamine is also the anesthetic of choice when supplies of oxygen and monitoring and disposable equipment are limited such as in prehospital and battlefield areas.

The World Health Organization has listed ketamine as one of the most essential medications due to its therapeutic effects and wide margin of safety.

For the last decade, Yale University and the National Institutes of Health identified additional benefits of ketamine in the treatment of mood disorders and chronic pain. The use of ketamine for depression has been named “the biggest discovery in mental health in decades.”

How Does Ketamine Therapy Work?

Brain Scan of a normal and a depressed brain

A scan showing a non-depressed brain with normal brain activity (left) and a depressed brain with decreased brain activity (right).

Neuron showing new neurol growth after ketamine infusion.

Ketamine strengthens connections between brain cells. The neuron below shows new dendritic formations within hours of receiving ketamine therapy.

Brain scans showing increased neutron activity after a ketamine treatment

A single dose of ketamine improves neural activity.

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About Mood and Pain Disorders

Losing a loved one, being terminated from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely, and scared. These feelings are normal reactions to life’s stressors. However, in the case of individuals who are diagnosed with depression as a psychiatric disorder, the manifestations of the low mood are much more severe, and they tend to persist.

Women experience depression more often than men. Some differences in the way the depressed mood manifests have been found based on sex and age. In men it manifests often as tiredness, irritability, and anger. They may show more reckless behavior and abuse drugs and alcohol. Men also tend to not recognize that they are depressed and fail to seek help. In contrast depression in women tends to manifest as sadness, worthlessness, and guilt. In younger children depression is more likely to manifest as school refusal, anxiety when separated from parents, and worry about parents dying. Depressed teenagers tend to be irritable, sulky, and get into trouble in school. They also frequently have co-morbid anxiety, eating disorders, or substance abuse.