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Ketamine – My Journey in Discovering This Cutting Edge Treatment for Depression

It is widely recognized among mental healthcare providers that depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States, which is often treated successfully with antidepressants and psychotherapy. However, many patients do not respond to the traditional treatments for depression, greatly impacting one’s quality of life. Depression is well established as a major cause of morbidity and mortality around the world for which all mental healthcare providers share the same goal, that is, to relieve such depressive symptoms and assist the patient in restoring an adequate state of well-being. (more…)

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Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): The Bedrock of Depression Treatment & How Ketamine Infusions Can Help When SSRIs Aren’t Working!

At Ketamine Treatment Centers, patients who receive ketamine infusion therapy to treat their depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders have often failed two or more medication trials and often these failed medications include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).  In fact, those patients who have failed two or more medications are considered to have “treatment resistant” depression and are perfect candidates for ketamine infusion therapy.  Ketamine infusions have proven effective in significantly improving symptoms of depression in over 70% of “treatment resistant” patients and we are thrilled to have helped over 1000 patients to date!   (more…)

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Ketamine Infusions for Depression, Anxiety, and other Mood and Pain Conditions: Does the Route of Administration Matter?

Intravenous (IV) ketamine infusions are very successful in treating patients suffering from depression, bipolar depression, postpartum depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain syndromes like complex regional pain syndrome.  At Ketamine Treatment Centers, we perform IV (intravenous) ketamine infusions, but does the route of administration matter? (more…)

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Ketamine: A Very Effective Combination

Treatment for depression can often be hard to obtain. The first step in this process of treatment is recognizing that there is a problem. Even after this hurdle of recognition, those who battle with depression have even more roadblocks potentially inhibiting their treatment and subsequent recovery. Treatments overall are variable and there is no guarantee for relief.   At this time, treatments for medical illnesses tend to have more direct and effective options than most psychiatric disorders. If you have high blood pressure, then you take an antihypertensive and adjust the dose till your blood pressure normalizes. If you have diabetes, you will often find a medication that will control your blood sugar. For depression, the picture is often more complicated and treatments require trials of antidepressants, various excursions into psychotherapy, and perhaps even lifestyle changes. For best results, a good psychiatrist will always recommend the gold standard treatment: therapy and medication. At Ketamine Treatment Centers, we view ketamine as a powerful treatment option for patients with treatment resistant depression but we also know that, in addition to ketamine infusions, therapy is a vital component of a patient’s improvement and recovery.   (more…)

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How Ketamine Works to Treat Depression, Anxiety and Other Mood Disorders

Ketamine is becoming widely accepted as a treatment for depression and is increasingly being used for other psychiatric disorders as well. Furthermore, it can lead to an immediate and robust response that has led a prominent research psychiatrist from Mt. Sinai, Dr. Murrough, to say “it blew the doors off what we thought we knew about depression treatment”. Sustained improvement in psychiatric symptomatology likely has to do with ketamine’s mechanism of action which helps connect brain cells. In this blog, we will specifically examine the mechanisms underlying these changes and explore how these changes happen so rapidly. (more…)

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Ketamine – What It’s Like to Get a Ketamine Infusion

Ketamine – What It’s Like to Get a Ketamine Infusion

Getting a ketamine infusion is a procedure, however it is not the same type of procedure you have going to a surgeon or dentist. Because the procedure only involves an IV (and of course the ketamine itself), the risks are drastically lower than a surgery wherein you are purposefully unconscious to prevent pain and movement. Ketamine is so safe that anesthesiologists frequently use much higher doses to put patients to sleep before surgeries. Such doses are often times 4 times higher than what we give at Ketamine Treatment Centers. Given much lower doses have been found effective for use in psychiatric disorders, do not worry that the dose is too low either! For psychiatric disorders, less ketamine is often better and some evidence suggests higher doses may not be as effective. (more…)

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Fibromyalgia: A Chronic Pain that Responds to Ketamine

As reported by Goldenberg et al., 2004, fibromyalgia affects approximately 2% of the population in the United States. The diagnosis is made when chronic generalized musculoskeletal pain is idiopathic, meaning that a specific cause for the pain cannot be traced. Often times fibromyalgia pain can manifest in both sides of the upper and lower body at specific muscle-tendon points. It is not uncommon for fibromyalgia patients to report concurrent chronic fatigue, depression, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic headaches. (more…)

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Depression and Sleep Problems

Depression and Sleep Problems

Major Depression (Major Depressive Disorder) is one of the most common mental health disorders, but how often are we working up sleep as a cause or contributing factor? A large epidemiologic study by Ford DE et al in 1989 found that at least 40% of patients with either insomnia or hypersomnia had a concurrent psychiatric disorder, such as depression. Along the same lines, more complicated sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome are more likely to be found in the population of depressed patients compared to the general population.   (more…)

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What is Major Depressive Disorder (Depression)

It seems every month, an article comes out touting the benefits of ketamine infusion therapy in treating major depression, bipolar depression, postpartum depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain conditions.  At Ketamine Treatment Centers, we are lucky enough to have treated thousands of patients with these conditions and the condition we most commonly treat is major depressive disorder (depression).  In this blog article, we discuss what major depressive disorder (“depression”) is, how it is treated, and how ketamine can be used as a novel treatment method. (more…)

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Bipolar Disorder, Lithium and Ketamine: What You Need to Know

You may have seen the press on using ketamine to treat Major Depressive Disorder, but did you know that studies have shown ketamine can alleviate depressive symptoms caused by bipolar depression as well?  Ketamine is a medication that was originally developed in the 1960s as a general anesthetic, however, in the last decade, ketamine, in low doses, has been used to help people suffering from major depression, bipolar depression, postpartum depression, generalized anxiety, OCD, PTSD and even acutely suicidal thoughts in a matter of hours as opposed to months.  In 2014, Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, stated that “recent data suggest that ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades.” (more…)

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