Depression affects 300 million people a year and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Ketamine is thought to be 70-80% effective in treating the most difficult cases of treatment-resistant depression.
Why Ketamine for Depression?
Ketamine improves the cell signaling in the brain and helps reverse brain atrophy (shrinking) that is seen in depression patients. Many find relief of symptoms after just one infusion and lasting effects for weeks to months after completing the initial series. Boosters can be required after the initial series depending on your results and to continue to control symptoms. There are several steps we will go over to help you determine if boosters are needed for your case. Ketamine just like any drug is not a cure, but a treatment meant to aid in reducing symptoms.
Ketamine is the worlds fastest acting antidepressant and is highly effective.
However, there are still those patients that do not respond or are unable to tolerate the treatments. Some patients also take longer to respond than others. Do not expect overnight complete recovery. In the beginning, expect small improvements. They can even be day to day, some do not notice benefits till one to two weeks after final treatment in their series. Continued evaluation of symptoms daily is key to keep track of progress. Many patients feel journaling really helps them see their overall changes and progress. How much faster does intravenous Ketamine work versus oral antidepressants? Typically oral antidepressants take effect 6 to 8 weeks to start working. Patients that have received intravenous Ketamine have reported relief in symptoms as early as the first 24hrs after their first infusion. Intravenous Ketamine is absorbed immediately, allowing for faster relief of symptoms.
Is Ketamine right for you?
Ketamine can treat a wide range of mental health and pain conditions. With the help of your referring physician, we can determine if Ketamine is right for you and the appropriate protocol for your specific needs. This is not a one protocol fits all type of treatment plan. Each patient is different and needs their treatment plan tailored to how they respond. Our team will evaluate your personal condition and history to increase the chances of your success. Working along with your referring physician to help you gain mobility, start enjoying life again and reducing your pain is our goal. Your physician will continue to work with you and decide how to adjust any medications you are currently taking. Most medications need to be weaned off of. You can cause yourself serious harm if you abruptly stop any medication. Please consult your physician prior to making any changes in your medications.
Chronic pain causes over sensitive neurons, a persistent state of hyperactivity and inflammation.
Ketamine is an NMDA receptor blocker.
It reduces the increased sensitivity to pain, hyperactivity, inflammation and reduces allodynia. Allodynia can lead to the triggering of pain response from stimulation which does not normally cause pain. The most important benefits are the ability to reduce opioid intake, possible long term pain reduction, and a large number of treatable conditions.
Depression in Veterans
The United States has a veteran population of 20 million. The estimated diagnosis rate of depression is 14% – up to 2.8 million veterans.
Between 1/3 to 1/2 of those veterans may be considered treatment-resistant. We are determined to help as many of our veterans as possible. It is time for our veterans to be our countries top priority, they have served to protect our future. The current system requires VA patients to pick up records in person or can potentially wait up to 6 months for records to be sent. The other option is to come into our clinic and log into your patient portal so we can download them from there.