KETAMINE FOR DEPRESSION


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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It’s no secret that ketamine infusions are one of the most effective depression treatments available today. Effective in up to 70% of patients, ketamine infusions not only alleviate depressive symptoms— including suicidal ideations—but they also work rapidly, taking effect sometimes within hours of an infusion.  Ketamine is an old drug, learning some pretty miraculous new tricks. It’s been around since the 1970s, originally introduced...

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By Ike Swetlitz, Business Insider (May 5, 2016) A promising experimental antidepressant may work differently than scientists had previously thought, potentially explaining multiple failed drug trials over the past decade. Ketamine has been known since the turn of the millennium to have powerful antidepressant effects — it relieves symptoms in a matter of hours, while other antidepressants take weeks or months, and it can treat...

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From Boston Magazine. Written by Ashley Kane, January 25, 2016. Ketamine is a synthetic compound that has been used clinically as an anesthetic since 1970. More recent research, however, has suggested that ketamine infusion may also be effective for those with treatment-resistant depression. One study from the National Mental Health Institute, for example, found that an infusion led to “robust and rapid antidepressant effects” after a...

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