Why You Should Consider Ketamine Infusions for Depression

Ketamine is gaining a reputation for treating depression. You may have seen videos on YouTube showing people getting ketamine in the emergency room, or perhaps heard of a ketamine infusion opening in a large city near you.  What is ketamine all about? And more importantly, should you consider trying it for your own depression?

Here are 3 reasons why you may want to try ketamine infusions for your depression:

  1. You are ready for a treatment which works rapidly. Some people experience a decrease in symptoms within 24 hours after their ketamine infusion. Traditional treatment for depression, such as antidepressant pills can take at least 4-5 weeks before you see an improvement in symptoms. Ketamine infusions are demonstrating both an immediate and lasting effect of decreasing depression symptoms.
  2. You have tried traditional treatment for depression and have found no relief. Perhaps you have taken your pills faithfully, and gone to counseling religiously but still seem to not see any progress. You may be part of the 10-20 % of patients who meet the criteria for Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) [1]. Growing research is demonstrating ketamine infusions are effective in treating TRD.
  3. You want to get off daily medications. Sure your selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are helping but you may have become tired of the side effects, such nausea, headaches, or decreased libido. There is a case of a a patient having remission of their depression 3 months after a series of infusions [2].  Since ketamine infusions are a treatment which works, you could potentially be free of taking daily medications for depression.

Like any treatment or medications, the results may vary. If you are ready to try cutting edge treatment, try something new, or simply want to give yourself a chance to feel better, ketamine infusions just might be for you.  

References:

[1] Serafini G, Howland RH, Rovedi F, Girardi P, Amore M. The Role of Ketamine in Treatment-Resistant Depression: A Systematic Review . Current Neuropharmacology. 2014;12(5):444-461. doi:10.2174/1570159X12666140619204251.

[2] Murrough JW, Perez AM, Mathew SJ, Charney DS. A case of sustained remission following an acute course of ketamine in treatment-resistant depression. J. Clin. Psychiatry. 2011;72:414–415.