Ketamine Treatment Could Be the Answer for Depression

Depression and anxiety cast a thick fog over the not only the joy in life, but, even the ability to simply move through the mundane without the mind getting hijacked by a faceless thief who means harm for the thinker.

Caring for someone with depression, bipolar, or severe anxiety can test patience, endurance, and, worst of all, hope for the future. If you are fortunate enough to be at a stage where you’re still seeking relief from what you recognize as a disease outside of who you truly are, the next treatment you will want to research, one which has been dubbed “the most important discovery in half a century,” is ketamine therapy.

 

Ketamine treatment is considered a significant discovery with the potential to quickly ease severe symptoms of depression.

Over the past few decades, few pharmaceutical newcomers have made any profound impact on the treatment of severe depressive conditions. There are those who are, in fact, resistant to virtually all available antidepressants and are left with little hope for recovery from the oppressive pain and suffering of suicidal tendencies. The patient who happens to be resistant to most drug therapy may not learn this until months or years after cycling through various different drugs to no avail.

Psychiatrist Cristina Cusin of Massachusetts General Hospital is an assistant professor at Harvard University; she was quoted by Business Insider with an illustrative example of the frustration and despair of those suffering from intense depressive symptoms with no hope for relief.

She was noted as having said, “Imagine arriving in the emergency room with severe pain from a kidney stone — pain so bad that you can’t think. You’ll do anything to make it go away. And the doctors say, ‘here’s a drug that we’ve been using for 30 years, it works 50-60% of the time, and it should start to work in 4-6 weeks.’” Unfortunately, this scenario reflects what doctors would say is “the best we can do” for someone who is suicidal.

 

 

Ketamine therapy for depression and anxiety is available in Florida and across the country.

Ketamine has been known for at least 50 years and was “accidentally” proven to relieve pain symptoms. Recently, studies are emerging to verify the potential for ketamine treatment as a method for rapidly relieving emotional pain.

Ketamine treatment is not to be confused with the party drug “K-hole” associations; as a therapeutic medicine, ketamine is a targeted dissociative drug.

Many associate the word “ketamine” with the act of “falling into a k hole” which is a colloquialism for the feeling removed from your body after taking a high enough dose of ketamine. Licensed legally as an anesthetic, the person consuming the drug may feel unaware of his or her surroundings even though the person is, for the most part, conscious or awake. On very high doses, some people feel they completely lose control over their bodies and may even have trouble moving or speaking.

 

The medical use of ketamine treatment for mental illness symptoms is a controlled, targeted use of the dissociative properties of ketamine proven to help patients feel better.

The concept for its use derives from fear studies such as the University College London experiment with rats. Initially, the rats were conditioned to associate a particular audio tone with a physical shock. After a time, whenever the rats heard the tone, they would noticeably react, usually freezing in place, with the memory of the pain.

The rats were administered a chemical called anisomycin which works as an inhibitor on the process of protein synthesis. Following the administration of the drug six hours later, the rats no longer reacted to the tone.

The scientists involved in the study, led by Karim Nader, believe recalled memories move into a “labile period,” otherwise known as a tenuous state where its strength could diminish. Protein synthesis is a process which is necessary to stabilize memories. In the experiment with the rats, the chemical prevented the stabilization of the fear memory.

Ketamine treatment for depression, PTSD, and anxiety has proven effective in isolated studies and new methods for administering the drug are under clinical trials.

If inhibiting protein synthesis could target the removal of painful memories in rats, Nader felt it was important to discover if the same could happen for human beings and with other memories associated with phobias, PTSD, depression, and addiction. The chemical utilized in the experiment with rats is toxic to humans, but, ketamine treatment in specified doses, has a similar effect on memory.

Dr. Ravi Das, also at the UCL, was a member of a separate research team on ketamine; the team observed a notable impact on short and long-term memory. The team theorized the NMDA receptor is blocked when taking ketamine preventing a memory to stabilize.

In his own words, Dr. Das was quoted as having said, “It’s a bit like opening up a Word document on your computer, making a lot of changes and then—instead of re-saving it—pulling the plug, so that you might potentially lose the file completely. That’s the kind of thing we’re trying to do by giving ketamine straight after destabilizing people’s drinking memories.”

 

 

How does ketamine treatment for depression, PTSD, addiction, and anxiety work?

Medical science has only scratched the surface of the potential for what ketamine treatment can do for patients suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction.

In one study due for upcoming publication in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 68 people at imminent risk of suicide were assembled by researchers from Janssen Research and Development and the Yale School of Medicine. All the patients were treated with a conventional hospital stays and antidepressants; half of the group was administered esketamine (a mirror chemical to ketamine) through a nasal spray and the other half were administered a placebo.

Notable improvement in severe depressive symptoms was observed in those taking the esketamine spray. The effects petered out after almost one month; medical professionals believe the ketamine drug’s rapidly acting capabilities for relieving harsh, immediate onset symptoms like suicidal thoughts could be groundbreaking. The drug has otherwise been administered intravenously and has been successful in patients who are otherwise resistant to other forms of pharmaceutical aid.

 

Ketamine treatment is available for those suffering from the acute symptoms of depression, PTSD, anxiety, and addiction at the Kismet Clinic in Delray Beach Florida.

To learn more about the 45 minute intravenous treatments now available to those suffering from intense depressive symptoms from bipolar disorder, PTSD, major depression, OCD, anxiety and chronic pain, the Kismet Clinic in Delray Beach is standing by to assist you.

The Kismet Clinic promotes a holistic approach to mental health to include meditation, micro dosing, and ketamine treatments in customized combinations depending on the special needs of each individual patient.

 

Request a free consultation to determine is ketamine is right for you by using the form here or call (888) 552-1281.

 

 

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