How Ketamine Therapy is Transforming Lives From Patients With Treatment-Resistant Depression

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Approximately 280 million people around the globe have depression, marking it as one of the leading causes of disability. Depression can range in severity from mild to severe, and left untreated, severe depression can lead to suicide and self-harming behaviors. 

Thanks to mental health awareness initiatives, more people are encouraged to seek treatment 一 such as medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications 一 for depression. While therapy and medication are enough to improve symptoms and improve quality of life for most people, about 15% of people don’t respond to medication. An additional 40% only experience a slight increase in their symptoms. This type of depression is called treatment-resistant depression, and that’s where ketamine therapy comes into play.

Our experienced team at Ketaesthetic is happy to offer ketamine therapy for treatment-resistant depression in our Midtown Manhattan office.

Below, our team explains how ketamine therapy can help you reclaim your life.

Understanding treatment-resistant depression

Before you consider ketamine therapy, it’s crucial to ensure you’ve allotted enough time to your current depression treatment plan. No matter which type of medication you have or how many lifestyle modifications you adopt, depression treatments take time to show results. In other words, you won’t see results overnight. It could take up to six weeks for a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a type of medication used to treat depression, to provide relief from your depression symptoms. This is also true for lifestyle habits, including practicing sleep hygiene, exercising regularly, and following a healthy diet. All of these practices support your mental wellness, but they take time to show progress. 

So, how do you know if you have treatment-resistant depression? You may have treatment-resistant depression if:

Treatment-resistant depression can cause typical depression symptoms, including feelings of guilt, trouble focusing, intense sadness, lethargy, changes to eating and sleeping patterns, and withdrawal from relationships. The difference is that your symptoms just aren’t improving with typical treatments. 

Transforming your life with ketamine therapy

It can be overwhelming and disheartening to learn that you have treatment-resistant depression, but it’s critical to know that you’re not out of options. Even though treatment-resistant depression doesn’t respond to typical treatment, it still responds to ketamine therapy. 

There’s even better news: it doesn’t take weeks for you to see an improvement either. According to research published in Biological Psychiatry, ketamine therapy has been demonstrated to improve depression symptoms in as little as 72 hours (that’s just three days!) when delivered intravenously. If you’ve waited for weeks to find out your current treatment plan just isn’t working, three days is nothing short of wonderful. 

How does ketamine therapy combat treatment-resistant depression?

Ketamine therapy combats treatment-resistant depression because it stimulates specific parts of your brain. Understanding how ketamine affects your brain is key to understanding how ketamine therapy alleviates depression symptoms even if other medications don’t work for you. Both ketamine and SSRIs stimulate areas of the brain, but they target different areas. While ketamine targets glutamate, SSRIs target monoamine neurotransmitters. 

Ketamine also plays upon the idea of neuroplasticity, which is your brain’s ability to reorganize itself to compensate for disease and injury. Researchers found that ketamine can help rewrite your brain by promoting the connections between your neurons.

To recap, ketamine therapy works by targeting areas of your brain that traditional medication doesn’t target and encouraging the growth of new synapses (connections) in your brain.

Preparing for ketamine therapy 

If you’ve ever had an IV, either in a hospital setting or as part of IV hydration services, you’re already familiar with the IV process. Ketamine therapy is delivered in the same way as IV fluids or vitamin infusions. You may, however, experience a few side effects, including drowsiness. These side effects are temporary, but you should arrange for a friend or family member to take you home after your therapy. 

Don’t let treatment-resistant depression rule your life. At Ketaesthetic, we offer ketamine therapy to support your mental health goals, whether you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Call our West 44th Street office at 516-753-9834 and find out if ketamine therapy is right for you. You can also book an appointment online 24/7.

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