“I’m going to give you a shot of ketamine to help with the pain,” yelled the medic as I was loaded onto the helicopter. An hour earlier, I was leading my soldiers on a mission in Afghanistan. Now I was in danger of losing my leg because of a roadside bomb. It was September 26, 2010, and my world had been turned upside down.
I compulsively Google for insight into depression, searching for methods I’ve yet to try; for answers I don’t have. I hold out a depressive’s hope for a gem beyond page 1 of results, but so far, no gems—just an endless stream of unqualified bloggers claiming to have instruction manuals. After combing through copious amounts of online advice, only one thing is certain.
It’s common for people with mental illness to rebel against their medications. When I began taking SSRIs, I often skipped a day’s dose. Sometimes, I’d skip more than a day; other times, I’d wean myself off entirely. I can only speak for myself when I say that the rebellion against psychiatric medication is a normal response to an abhorrent condition. I was fighting the necessity to be on something that kept me ‘normal’. (more…)
There’s a resounding consensus among Special K users—they are seeking an enhanced experience. But for people who are seeking relief of their current experience (such as those with depression, bipolar depression, PTSD, anxiety disorder, or a chronic pain condition), are they seeking something different? What separates the use of ketamine therapy from the use of the illicit drug known as Special K? For the sake of this post, let’s focus on the various intentions behind the illicit use and the life-saving medication. (more…)
I often imagine what my life would have been like if mental illness didn’t show up and usually conclude it would have been like my life prior to mental illness. I was blessed with 12 years of clear time prior to my first breakdown and rely heavily on my recollections from this period as substitutes for felt hope. There is a difference between felt hope and known hope. My pre depression recollections fall within the known hope category, which I define as (more…)
“If you commit suicide, your soul will suffer for entirety. It’s a selfish decision, unfair to your family and friends. Your funeral will be awkward. Killing yourself means you’re weak. So hang in there and roll with the punches. It will eventually get better.” – Society
If you ended your life, your family will suffer. Your burial services may be awkward. And yes, don’t kill yourself. But is it that simple? (more…)
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…)
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…)
Ketamine Infusions for Depression, Anxiety, and other Mood and Pain Conditions: Does the Route of Administration Matter?Airfleet Admin
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…)