KETAMINE FOR DEPRESSION


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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Few of us are lucky enough to live anxiety-free. In fact, we’d wager that not a single person has lived a life untouched by a tightness in the stomach, tense muscles, a racing heart, or any other one of anxiety’s myriad of symptoms. This is because anxiety is a normal, even necessary part of life. It is the body’s alarm system, alerting us to potential dangers. Without it, what’s to stop us from wandering down life’s many dark alleys,...

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33 percent of parents claim that they are confident in their ability to spot the signs of depression in their teenaged child. While your instinct may be to applaud these parents in their confidence, it’s important to understand that teen depression is very difficult to distinguish from the normal ups-and-downs of adolescence. Overconfidence in your ability to identify the signs of depression in your teen may, at best, result in...

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The use of ketamine as a treatment option for various disorders just continues to grow and expand. In addition to the drugs current use as an anesthetic, analgesic, depression treatment and chronic pain management solution, scientists have recently found that ketamine may also be able to help those struggling with alcoholism. Studies have shown that ketamine infusions caused alcoholics to dramatically cut back on their drinking....

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