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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.

Ketamine for Depression: The Link Between Ketamine, Inflammation & Depression

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Ketamine for Depression: The Link Between Ketamine, Inflammation & Depression

Ketamine for depression is effective for a number of reasons: it “cleans out” G-proteins in the brain, enabling healthy neural connections to start firing again; it blocks NDMA receptors, which have long been associated with depression; and now, a new study shows that ketamine’s anti-inflammatory properties may have something to do with its miraculous ability to treat severe depression. The role of inflammation in depressed patients—specifically, whether treating inflammation alone is enough to alleviate depressive symptoms—has only been...

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Ketamine for Depression: Get the Facts, Forget the Myths

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Ketamine for Depression: Get the Facts, Forget the Myths

Ketamine infusions have been used since the early part of this century as a powerful antidepressant, effective in up to 70% of patients. Study after study confirms the drug’s impressive results in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD and—in some studies—even addiction. Ketamine works when traditional therapies fail, even in the most stubborn cases of treatment-resistant depression. Furthermore, ketamine works quickly, oftentimes alleviating depressive symptoms within 24-hours of an infusion. But even with these facts readily available, there...

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Psychedelics: The Next Breakthrough Depression Treatment?

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Psychedelics: The Next Breakthrough Depression Treatment?

Hallucinogenic drugs have been around for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the past few decades that researchers have begun to understand the true potential of these substances for the treatment of mental disorders. Because of its ability to rapidly relieve depressive symptoms, ketamine has been the backbone of the most recent series of developments. Ketamine has opened our minds to a whole new understanding of how the brain works, and has led researchers to look at brain functionality and the treatment of mood disorders from a...

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New Hope for Hopeless Adolescents: Treating Teen Depression with Ketamine

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New Hope for Hopeless Adolescents: Treating Teen Depression with Ketamine

There are growing mounds of evidence supporting the use ketamine to treat depression in adults. However, research about the effects of ketamine on teen depression has been limited to one small study out of the Yale School of Medicine. In this study, researchers treated a 16-year old boy suffering from severe depression and suicidal ideations with a series of ketamine infusions. The patient, who had previously resisted other pharmacological interventions and depression treatments, described himself as “hopeless at the prospect of psychiatric...

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Severe Depression: Replacing the Stigma with Compassion and Care

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Severe Depression: Replacing the Stigma with Compassion and Care

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 though she really, really wanted to wash the dishes, and even though she knew she had to wash the dishes—she...

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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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