Depression severely limits quality of life and can make people feel trapped in a never-ending sadness. Major depressive disorders that do not respond to traditional treatments like antidepressants and talk therapy can lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
In recent years, scientists have learned more about the causes of depression and have discovered more effective, faster-acting methods for treating severe, treatment-resistant depression. One of these innovative treatments is ketamine. While ketamine treatment is not appropriate for those with a recent history of substance abuse or in the early stages of recovery, it can be life-changing for people who primarily struggle with major depression.
What It Is:
Ketamine is most commonly known as a schedule III controlled substance that’s used in a medical capacity as anesthesia and on the streets as a hallucinogenic or “club drug.” However, there’s strong clinical evidence that when used under medical supervision, ketamine can be extremely effective at reducing the symptoms of depression.
In order to ensure the highest level of safety, we’ve consulted with Dr. Steven Levine — a board-certified psychologist and the nation’s leading authority on ketamine treatment for depression — and developed a state-of-the art protocol for treatment that has delivered astonishing results with our clients.
How It Helps:
We know through brain imaging studies that the brain of someone suffering from major depression is different than someone without the mood disorder. The brain has a different distribution of feel-good chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. In addition, those with depression have less functionality and activity in the brain’s synapses (structures responsible for neural communication).
Ketamine treatment works by creating new synaptic connections between brain cells, which has a swift and powerful effect on depression. And because ketamine is chemically different from traditional antidepressants like SSRIs, treatment is delivering valuable insights into how the depressed brain works. Researchers are hopeful that continued study will lead to an entirely new class of antidepressants.
Ketamine treatment can quickly and effectively treat the symptoms of major depressive disorder. While ketamine treatment must always be supervised by an experienced medical professional after careful assessment, it can be life-changing for individuals suffering from severe, debilitating depression.
Additional benefits include:
- Increased sense of well-being
- Decreased anxiety
- Increased energy and motivation
- Increased ability to experience positive emotions
- Increased ability to participate in treatment
- Improved sleep and mood
- Ability to return to normal eating habits
- Decreased intrusive and/or depressive thoughts