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Teaching an Old Drug New Tricks: Ketamine and Depression

Teaching an Old Drug New Tricks: Ketamine and Depression

This piece was published first on BreastCancer-News.com.  For more information about the author, Nancy Brier, click here. 

“No fresh flowers,” my doctor said. “Avoid salad. No uncooked food. And don’t bring visitors home.”

Treatment for breast cancer took the better part of a year, and a lot of that time, I spent alone. No wonder cancer sometimes comes with depression.

Ketamine Infusions for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Ketamine Infusions for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic condition affecting 1 in 40 adults and 1 in 100 children in the United States.  This disorder is characterized by intrusive, repetitive thoughts and behaviors. Interfering with work, interpersonal relationships, and in general, patients’ enjoyment of life, OCD can have a devastating effect due to its debilitating nature. The only FDA approved treatment for OCD are serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs), but the effects of these are limited. Meaningful improvement can take up to 6 to 10 weeks and symptom relief is limited. To find a better way to treat this disorder, researchers at Columbia University conducted a study involving ketamine infusions.

Ketamine for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Ketamine for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a painful, disabling neurological condition. Previously known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), it affects 1.2% of the adult chronic pain population.  Women are affected more than men, with a 3:1 ratio. CRPS can develop after trauma, minor injuries, or surgery. The signs and symptoms are classically clustered into four groups:

Set and Setting During Ketamine Infusions

Set and Setting During Ketamine Infusions

There are two important factors to consider when undergoing your ketamine infusions. These are the patient’s mindset (set) and the environment (setting) where the infusion will occur.  Mindset is shortened to “set” and refers to the mental state a person brings to the clinic, including the motives, intention, beliefs, along with the physical, emotional, & cognitive state before the infusion (1).  Setting refers to the physical and social environment where the ketamine experience will occur.  This includes the physical environment (both inside & outside), the healthcare team in the room, as well as the person who brought you to the clinic.   At Reset Ketamine, we highlight these two factors because we know it will affect the ketamine experience tremendously.

3 Reasons Why Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You About Ketamine

3 Reasons Why Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You About Ketamine

You may have met someone who has benefited from ketamine for pain or saw a video online talking about how ketamine works to alleviate depression. You may then have gone to your doctor or mental health care professional to ask them about ketamine and got a cold reception, flat out “no”, or a simple shrug of the shoulders.