Depression, anxiety, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are more and more common in today’s world. With estimates of 33% of the US population suffering from one of these disorders, too many of us are either watching our loved ones suffer or experiencing the debilitating effects ourselves. There are a variety of treatments available for depression, anxiety, and PTSD, ranging from traditional psychotherapy to prescription mood stabilizers, and SSRIs. However, many people find that these treatments provide no lasting relief. In fact, a study in 2008 has found that most antidepressant drugs work no better than a placebo.
In the last 18 years, studies are showing positive results for a treatment using ketamine infusions. Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthesia drug that is used daily in hospitals and emergency rooms across the country. The World Health Organization (WHO) places ketamine on its list of essential medicines and is perhaps the most widely used medicine in the world for sedation.
Some patients suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and even chronic pain, have found relief from their symptoms through intravenous infusions of ketamine. You may be asking, how does ketamine help when no other drugs have been able to before? There are still many studies being conducted to understand this better. We currently know that through slow infusions, ketamine creates a unique environment within your brain. This environment allows receptors, proteins, and neural pathways to work in more optimal and healthy ways that were not able to before due to the effects of depression and anxiety. It is a potent synaptogenic for your brain cell connections, that helps your brain to reset.
Testimonials and research studies on the effects of ketamine on depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain are encouraging. Some people who have lived their entire lives in a state of fear or depression, simply surviving, are finding immediate relief and are truly living again. If you are suffering and conventional treatments have not worked, ketamine may provide the relief you are seeking.