Depression treatment can take many forms, from lifestyle changes to medications. It can take time for medications to have an effect, the side effects can be intolerable, and sometimes people become treatment-resistant. This is where conventional treatments or therapies are not enough to control or manage depression. Ketamine therapy is proving to be a great tool to help provide a quick reset to decrease the need for medications or allow the medications to become effective once more.
A Common Problem
Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. About 16 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2016, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
A major depressive episode is generally considered to be a period of two weeks or longer during which there is either a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure, and at least four other symptoms, ranging from problems with eating, energy, concentration, and thoughts of suicide.
Major depression is more common among females than males. Those ages 18-25 are most likely to have major depression.
A New Solution
Ketamine Infusion Therapy For Major Depression
There are multiple ways to treat depression, from lifestyle changes to medications. It can take time for medications to have an effect, the side effects can be intolerable, and sometimes people become treatment-resistant. This is where conventional treatments or therapies are not enough to control or manage depression. Ketamine therapy is proving to be a great tool to help provide a quick reset to decrease the need for medications or allow the medications to become effective once more. Studies are showing successful response rates greater than 70%. Ketamine remission median is about 18 days so it does require regular treatments. We are happy to work in conjunction with your psychiatrist or psychologist to help in any way we can.
We offer low dose ketamine infusions along with other IV therapies to help you get back to life with you being in control. Most people have lasting effects and start seeing relief within days of their second ketamine infusion. Many people are experiencing profound depression or considering ending their life. Ketamine infusions can give you an immediate lift that can be a lifesaver. It may be just what you need to give you the strength to get back on track.
If you or a loved one is experiencing Depression, consider Ketamine therapy and we will do our best to get you back to living.
WHAT IS KETAMINE INFUSION THERAPY (KIT) LIKE?
After your first treatment, you will fill out the same depression assessment post-infusion to monitor your response and so we can make adjustments to subsequent infusions as necessary to help you get your desired effect. It may take 4-6 infusions for peak benefit. You may need maintenance infusions every so often or you may notice you are having a better response to your medications and psychotherapy. Either way, if you approve we will work closely with your personal physician, psychiatrist or psychologist to help you get the support you need. Ketamine is not a cure; you still need to treat the whole patient, but Ketamine can be a great tool to feel better faster and have the mood to do the other things you need to stabilize your life.
If you qualify, we will start with a series of 3 infusions given 1 week apart. At this time we will reassess to see if you are getting the desired response. If there has been no improvement in your mood, infusions are discontinued. If you have shown a positive response, the series may continue based on your needs. Usually, infusions are given once or twice a week over 6 weeks. Once the initial series is complete, maintenance infusions are given as needed every 3-5 weeks. We work with our patients so over time we can extend the length between infusions. The number of infusions will depend on symptom severity, other treatments, and your response.