KETAMINE FOR DEPRESSION


The current pandemic has caused hardships and stress for everyone, and college kids are not exempt. This population is experiencing anxiety and depression just like everyone else—except the lack of access to mental health care is a real barrier to treatment. A survey published by the Healthy Minds Network surveyed 18,000 college students over 14 campuses and questioned students’ attitudes and behaviors during COVID-19. The...

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Anyone with a pulse will be unsurprised that stress levels are rising across Boston and, well, most everywhere else. After all, the global Covid-19 pandemic continues to surge in seemingly inverse proportion to the flagging national response. This means that no one knows whether children will return to school this fall or whether remote workers will head back to their desks any time soon. For some, this is a relief, but for many...

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Treatment-resistant depression is just that: depression that persists, failing to respond to several depression treatments. About one third of those diagnosed with depression experience treatment-resistant symptoms, or, to put that into perspective, about 6 million people. This population suffers from constant feelings of sadness and loneliness, trouble sleeping, perpetual fatigue and even suicidal thoughts…with hope fading away each...

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The COVID-19 pandemic is leaving a wake of devastation in its path. This invisible enemy has created many challenges that we have had to navigate, from the fear of being infected and worrying about our loved ones’ safety to the unprecedented unemployment rates and financial insecurity. With all there is to worry about, the potential for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if probably furthest from people’s minds. Experts,...

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These days, a lot of controversy swirls around proposed treatments for Covid-19. Politicization of the pandemic has clouded our ability to evaluate information and too myopic of a focus has left unintended consequences outside the frame. Certain drugs that may work against Covid-19 are gaining widespread coverage while others are drowned out by bloated media speculation. Ketamine and naltrexone are notable examples. Both developed in...

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Right now, around the world, people are taking shelter in an effort to reduce the rate of transmission of the new and novel Coronavirus. For many, their government leaders have instructed everyone to say indoors, limit or avoid all physical contact, and to wash their hands often. While these instructions seem simple enough, many may find it difficult to cope with such unique and stressful circumstances. Those who already struggle with...

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For many of us in the workforce, we spend an inordinate amount of time inside, working in front of computers and holed up in meeting rooms. As a result of this, work in modern settings has been linked to many stress-related illnesses, such as depression and anxiety. It is estimated that workplace stress costs businesses around $190 billion in healthcare costs every year. When trying to address these issues, much focus has been placed...

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Despite popular belief, regular, everyday people—not just our nation’s veterans—can develop post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. While it’s understandable that a wartime experience could cause trauma, there are also plenty of other experiences—experiences that happen in everyday life—that could also cause an equally dramatic psychiatric response. However, while the specifics of a traumatic event are important, the key is that the...

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