KETAMINE FOR DEPRESSION


The amount of people in the United States who are suffering from depression is growing rapidly, and as one of leading ketamine clinics in Boston we have personally seen the detrimental impact that this disorder can have on patients and their loved ones. The pain of depression hinders individuals from performing daily chores and can cause them avoid various responsibilities, like letting the laundry pile high, ignoring personal...

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If you’re anything like us, then you feel like winter came to the Northeast much too abruptly this year. Snow before Thanksgiving, and daily temperatures hovering in the 30s—what happened to those long, lingering autumn days we used to be able to enjoy well into November? Maybe it is time to pull our puffy coats out of the attic, wrap ourselves snugly in scarves, and stock up on hot cocoa so no snow day will find us unprepared. But...

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Ketamine for depression is effective for a number of reasons: it “cleans out” G-proteins in the brain, enabling healthy neural connections to start firing again; it blocks NDMA receptors, which have long been associated with depression; and now, a new study shows that ketamine’s anti-inflammatory properties may have something to do with its miraculous ability to treat severe depression. The role of inflammation in depressed...

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Ketamine infusions have been used since the early part of this century as a powerful antidepressant, effective in up to 70% of patients. Study after study confirms the drug’s impressive results in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD and—in some studies—even addiction. Ketamine works when traditional therapies fail, even in the most stubborn cases of treatment-resistant depression. Furthermore, ketamine works quickly, oftentimes...

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Hallucinogenic drugs have been around for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the past few decades that researchers have begun to understand the true potential of these substances for the treatment of mental disorders. Because of its ability to rapidly relieve depressive symptoms, ketamine has been the backbone of the most recent series of developments. Ketamine has opened our minds to a whole new understanding of how the brain...

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There are growing mounds of evidence supporting the use ketamine to treat depression in adults. However, research about the effects of ketamine on teen depression has been limited to one small study out of the Yale School of Medicine. In this study, researchers treated a 16-year old boy suffering from severe depression and suicidal ideations with a series of ketamine infusions. The patient, who had previously resisted other...

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Maybe you’ve seen it come across your News Feed, Brittany Ernsperger’s now-viral image of what severe depression looks like. To some, it might look like a pile of clean dishes. A really big pile of clean dishes. To Brittany, however, those dishes—for two weeks—whispered that she was worthless. A failure. Incompetent. Stupid. You get the point. Brittany suffers from major depression, and even though the dirty dishes were piling up—even...

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Whether you believe that ketamine is the biggest breakthrough treatment for depression of the century (it is) or are of the school that ketamine is a “club drug” and shouldn’t be used to alleviate the symptoms of otherwise debilitating psychiatric conditions, there is one fact that no one can argue with: ketamine has opened our eyes to a whole new understanding of how depression affects the brain, and how to treat it more effectively....

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