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Below is a featured selection of news articles and other valuable resources to help you understand ketamine therapy and how it has been used recently as a treatment for severe depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The nature of ketamine infusion therapy is under constant research, and is frequently written about, both in the mass media and in scientific journals. For scientific research resources, please visit our How It Works page.

Old Drug, New Tricks: A New Perspective on Depression Treatment

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Old Drug, New Tricks: A New Perspective on Depression Treatment

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. Yes, ketamine’s miraculous ability to alleviate the symptoms of severe depression—sometimes in a matter of...

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How Ketamine Works to Treat Depression: Scientists May Have Found an Answer

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How Ketamine Works to Treat Depression: Scientists May Have Found an Answer

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 as an anesthetic, but used frequently as a painkiller in emergency settings. It is a generic drug, but as...

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THIS DRUG COULD FORESHADOW A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN HOW WE TREAT DEPRESSION

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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 depression even when other drugs are ineffective. Read the full article...

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COULD KETAMINE INFUSION HELP TREAT DEPRESSION?

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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 single dose, with positive effects occurring within two hours after infusion and remaining significant for up...

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ANESTHESIOLOGISTS TAKE LEAD AS KETAMINE CLINICS PROLIFERATE

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From Anesthesiology News, written by Ted Agres. A growing number of anesthesiologists are opening private clinics that provide off-label infusions of ketamine to patients suffering from treatment-resistant unipolar and bipolar depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, suicidality and other disorders. Psychiatrists and other physicians have also recently opened clinics. The cost per infusion ranges from $400 to $1700, with most clinics charging about $500. Patients pay out-of-pocket since most health insurance plans do not...

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IS KETAMINE THE BEST HOPE FOR CURING MAJOR DEPRESSION?

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By Caroline Winter; Bloomberg Business Week On the seventh floor of a building overlooking the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan, two medical clinics share an office. One is run by a podiatrist who’s outfitted the waiting room with educational materials on foot problems such as hammer toes and bunions. The other clinic doesn’t have pamphlets on display and offers a much less conventional service: For the advertised price of $525, severely depressed and suicidal patients can get a 45-minute intravenous infusion of ketamine—better known...

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LET THERE BE LIGHT

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By Kerri Reaves. After the shocking suicide of beloved comic Robin Williams, Real Women began to investigate what happens to depression patients when traditional treatments fail. We found that new clinical treatments in the form of ketamine infusions are having remarkable results, bringing hope to people who are feelings utterly desperate and alone. Read more >>

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LOOKING BACK AT KETAMINE DELIVERS NEW RESULTS IN TREATMENT-RESISTANT DEPRESSION

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By Steven P. Levine. “Everything old is new again.” So sang Peter Allen in 1974, and so any student of medical history will surely find to be true, given that many of the “newest” discoveries are medicines and procedures that have either been previously “discovered” and then discarded, or dusted off and then re-purposed. Those suffering from treatment-resistant depression — a major depressive disorder that hasn’t responded to at least two treatments — will be glad to know there are some forward-thinking researchers who have remembered to look...

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KETAMINE RELIEVES DEPRESSION BY RESTORING BRAIN CONNECTIONS

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From National Public Radio, written by Jon Hamilton. Scientists say they have figured out how an experimental drug called ketamine is able to relieve major depression in hours instead of weeks. Researchers from Yale and the National Institute of Mental Health say ketamine seems to cause a burst of new connections to form between nerve cells in parts of the brain involved in emotion and mood. The discovery, described in Science, should speed development of the first truly new depression drugs since the 1970s, the researchers say....

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