Ketamine for Depression Treatment
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called a major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.
A New & Innovative Treatment for Depression
Although ketamine has been around since the 1960s, it was not until recently that scientists have discovered the benefits of ketamine for those who struggle with depression on a daily basis.
Unlike other treatments for depression, ketamine offers quick relief while other treatments can take weeks or even months to show any progress. With a 70% or higher response rate, it is no wonder many mental health experts are calling ketamine the biggest breakthrough for depression treatment in more than 50 years.
If you or a loved one is suffering from depression symptoms, please feel free to contact High Country Infusion & Wellness Center in Frisco, CO, and schedule your consultation now by calling (970) 485-4573.
What Causes Depression?
Depression is caused by chemical imbalances in your brain. Chemicals called neurotransmitters send messages through your brain and body. Certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and glutamate regulate your mood. When you don’t have enough of these chemicals in your brain or if the neurotransmitters don’t function properly, you can develop depression.
While most antidepressants help your brain produce more serotonin, which eventually stimulates glutamate production and functionality, ketamine stimulates glutamate activity immediately, providing faster and more effective results.
How Is Ketamine Different from Traditional Depression Treatments?
Traditional anti-depressant medications can take weeks to months to show effects, ketamine is fast-acting and you may experience positive results a few hours after your first infusion. Most clients will notice positive results a couple of days after their 3rd infusion. Progress after the first infusion may be subtle, gradual or intermittent over several days. With an effective rate of up to 80%, patients may experience lasting relief after completing six infusions.
Many clients know whether the treatments are a good option for them after the first infusion. In some cases where a client is unsure, we suggest proceeding through the 3rd infusion before a decision to continue or stop treatments, as it can be difficult to notice positive changes after years of living with depression. Ketamine in combination with other interventions such as therapy modalities can experience longer relief.
Can Ketamine Help With Post Partum Depression?
The chance for a woman to develop depression during her lifetime is about 10-25%. The highest risk occurs during the childbearing years. Pregnancy may be a possible trigger for the development of depression in some women. This may be due to changes in hormone levels during pregnancy and the stress that comes with this major life event.
Ketamine therapy is a great alternative to conventional medications used to treat PPD. Symptoms can be relieved within hours to days instead of weeks to months. As little as 1-2 infusions may be all that is needed for long-term relief. One factor to consider for new mothers is breastfeeding. Ketamine is frequently used during delivery of of the baby. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ketamine is compatible with breastfeeding.
When Should I Consider Ketamine for Depression?
It is possible to start ketamine infusions earlier in your depression treatment journey. For those who do not want to experience the side effects with traditional medications, want to save time by achieving faster results, or endure the cost of years of treatment, ketamine may be an option for you.
When used in a safe, controlled environment under proper supervision, ketamine can provide near-immediate relief from emotional and physical pain, while helping to look deeply into one’s self. With the support of a trained practitioner, these experiences offer an expanded perspective that can help you reframe complex problems and heal from chronic and intractable symptoms.
Find Out if You Are A Good Candidate for Ketamine Treatment
Is depression keeping you from enjoying life to the fullest? Have traditional treatment methods for depression failed to provide any relief? Then you might be a good candidate for ketamine infusions for depression now available in Frisco, CO. Contact our office in Frisco, CO, now and schedule your initial consultation.