3 Reasons Why Ketamine May Be the New tool for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
Do you have trouble doing normal daily activities because of a persistent feeling of sadness? Do you frequently feel like giving up or is someone in your family experiencing these thoughts and feelings? Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called 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. Depression isn’t a weakness and you can’t simply “snap out” of it. Depression may require long-term treatment. Don’t get discouraged. Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychotherapy or both. ³
Another option to consider when facing a diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD) is ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine repairs damaged neural pathways that are thought to contribute to depression and anxiety. Ketamine is safe when administered correctly and has an industry-wide 85 percent success rate. Ketamine infusion therapy may be the answer for depression treatment, especially when other treatments have failed.
#1: Ketamine repairs neural pathways that can become damaged when people experience anxiety, depression, pain, and stress. It works by blocking glutamine receptors in the brain that can become over-activated. Ketamine infusion therapy can be used to treat many neurological conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and suicidal thoughts.
#2: Ketamine is a safe, synthetic compound that has been used as a pain relief drug for more than 50 years. It is one of the World Health Organization’s most essential medications. Although not FDA approved, ketamine is effective in many patients when given in a carefully-monitored medical setting under strict protocols to ensure safe delivery.
#3: Ketamine infusion therapy has an industry-wide 85 percent success rate among patients. People who have found other medications and therapies ineffective may find success with ketamine therapy.
According to the National Alliance of Mental Health (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults suffers from mental illness each year.¹ The Utah Department of Health reports that 15.9 percent of Utah adults had seven or more days of poor mental health per month in 2014.²
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of depression may include the following:
Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness; Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters; Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports; Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much; Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort; Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain; Anxiety, agitation or restlessness; Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements; Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame; Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things; Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide; Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches.
Although depression may occur only once during your life, people typically have multiple episodes. During these episodes, symptoms occur most of the day, nearly every day. For many people with depression, symptoms usually are severe enough to cause noticeable problems in day-to-day activities, such as work, school, social activities or relationships with others. Some people may feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why. ³
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have noticed these symptoms in those you love, consider seeking professional treatment. Along with psychotherapy and medication, ketamine infusion therapy may provide help and relief. Therapy Reset in Ogden, Utah provides ketamine treatment and is successfully treating patients in SLC, Brigham City, Ogden, Layton, Syracuse, Clinton, Brigham City, Morgan, Logan, Wyoming, Idaho and surrounding areas.
For more information about ketamine infusion therapy, go to TherapyReset.com, or visit our office in Ogden, Utah to schedule a free consultation with our licensed doctors.