KETAMINE FOR DEPRESSION


Suicide claimed more than 47,000 lives in the United States in 2017. This frightening number represents the people who have lost all hope in themselves, and in their environments. The revolving door of failed antidepressants are likely a major contributor to their hopelessness. Lacking an effective treatment to lift their spirits, many have unfortunately—and unecessarily— lost their lives. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA)...

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Historically, ketamine has been used an anesthetic. But today, ketamine has emerged as one of the most effective depression treatments available—especially in situations where other depression treatments have failed. With up to 40% of patients failing to respond to first-line depression treatments—talk therapy, antidepressants, etc.—the availability of ketamine is a silver bullet in the fight against depression, anxiety and other...

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10-30% of the the 40 million adults who struggle with depression have what is referred to as “treatment resistant depression.” This means that traditional first-line depression treatments, such as talk therapy and antidepressant medications, provide little or no symptomatic improvement. Depression is a serious medical condition—it is the #1 cause of disability in the United States! And, until recently, there had been no major advanced...

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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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