KETAMINE FOR DEPRESSION


Through the ‘90s, ketamine had a bad reputation as a party drug. However, recent studies show that ketamine is a highly effective treatment for a variety of health problems, including depression and anxiety. Not only that, but it is now being researched—albeit ironically—as a promising treatment for substance abuse disorders. Substance use disorder occurs when a person’s use of alcohol or drugs leads to health issues, or...

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Many people think that depression is only “real” when someone can’t get out of bed in the morning, or can’t function in every day life. However, many people struggle with depression but still seem happy to others on the outside. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 10% of the United States suffers from depression, which means this mental health condition is much more common than you may...

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Traumatic experiences may cause major emotional and mental disruption in our lives, and—in more serious cases—a clinical disorder called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may develop. According to the American Psychiatric Association, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a horrifying event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war or combat, rape, or...

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Anxiety is something that can disrupt your daily life, make you miss out on the things you love, and prevent you from performing to standards at work. But how do you know where the line is between normal anxious feelings and an anxiety disorder that needs professional attention? Here are a few key differences that may help you better understand your symptoms. Did you know that, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of...

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Anhedonia. For decades, there have been a number of claims raised that point to causes of depression beyond a lack of serotonin and other neurotransmitters. One such claim, which has been getting a lot of attention recently, is that depression may be gut-related. In an effort to overcome depression as swiftly as possible, one may approach treatment from a number of angles then—including diet, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle...

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Anhedonia. The inability to experience pleasure from something that once was enjoyable. Can you think of anything more dreadful? Our lives are supposed to be filled with peaks and valleys of emotion—that is what gives it its richness. For many of us, it is actually quite hard to imagine living differently than this. So, when you hear about a condition that sucks away all of life’s contrast, it’s hard to imagine when or how we would...

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In the United States, Alzheimer’s disease affects over 5.5 million people. That number is expected to quadruple to 22 million by 2050. Over the last decade, it has remained one of the only causes of death to increase by more than 66%. Despite many medical advancements, there have not been any treatments developed for it. “Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by insidious cognitive decline...

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One of the greatest aspects of running our ketamine clinic is being at the forefront of the mental healthcare industry during such a pivotal time. The discovery of ketamine for depression has reinvigorated researchers, and drawn attention to areas of the brain we may never have looked at. Based on this new understanding of how the depressed brain functions, new studies are being conducted, determine to get deeper and deeper into the...

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