Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Depression Treatment is Changing Lives

Since the 1960s, Ketamine has been one of the most widely use drugs around the world. However, doctors are just now discovering the positive effects Ketamine can have on those who suffer from major depressive disorders.

How Does Ketamine Help With Depression Treatment?

Ketamine helps with depression by triggering glutamate production, which in a complex series of events instructs the brain to form new neural connections. This makes the brain more adaptable and able to create new pathways and gives patients the opportunity to develop more positive thoughts and behaviors. This was an effect that had not been seen before, even with traditional antidepressants.

What Are The Benefits of Ketamine for Depression?

Unlike other traditional treatments: SSRI’s and other natural depression treatments, Ketamine works fast. Many patients report feeling better within several hours of their very first Ketamine Infusion.

In addition to the fast response rate, Ketamine has been shown to help treatment-resistant depression patients as well. Around 72% of those who have utilized Ketamine for Depression Treatment have reported a positive response to the treatments.

Common Symptom of Depression

Signs of Depression in Men

Depression symptoms and warning signs can vary in men and women. Men also learn to use different coping skills — both healthy and not — than women. We are not sure why men and women can experience depression in a different way. It probably involves several factors, like hormones, brain chemistry, and life experiences.

Like women suffering from depression, men experiencing depression may:

  • Have feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness
  • Feel very tired
  • Have trouble sleeping or sleep more than normal
  • Not get satisfaction from activities once enjoyable

And there could be other behavioral signs of depression in men that are not recognized, including:

  • Escapist behavior: Devoting considerable time to their job or on sports
  • Physical symptoms: headaches, digestive trouble, and pain
  • The trouble with drug use or alcohol
  • Controlling, abusive, abhorrent, or violent behavior
  • Irritability or unacceptable anger
  • Risky behavior, like reckless driving
  • Problems controlling their temper or arguing unnecessarily

How Are Depression Symptoms Different For Women?

Just as men and women experience biological and physical differences, there are also psychological differences and disparities in symptoms related to depression.

  • Women will more likely think deeply if they are depressed
  • Men suffering from from depression are more prone to abusing alcohol, drugs, and other substances
  • Women can respond inversely to stressful life experiences
  • A man’s symptoms of depression can be difficult for someone to recognize
  • Women are more susceptible than men to suffer from depression and an eating disorder at the same time
  • Both genders might react in a different way to antidepressants
  • Men are more susceptible to committing suicide

What Causes Depression?

Science and medicine have yet to root out the exact causes of depression but the search continues. Like many mental health disorders, a range of factors might be involved, including:

  • Biological differences. Someone with depression appears to have physical differences in their brains. The importance of these changes is still unclear but may ultimately help determine causes.
  • Brain chemistry. Neurotransmitters are naturally transpiring brain chemicals that probably play a part in depression. Recent studies indicate that variations in the effect and function of neurotransmitters and their normal interaction with neurocircuits engaged in keeping mood stability can play a big role in depression and how it is treated.
  • Variations in the body’s surplus of hormones can be involved in affecting or triggering depression. Hormone changes can happen with pregnancy and through the weeks or months following delivery and due to thyroid trouble, menopause, or any other conditions.
  • Inherited traits. Depression is more likely in people with blood relatives who also have the condition. Researchers are attempting to locate genes that could be involved in producing depression.

Ketamine FAQs

Some of the most common questions and answers about ketamine

If you have been diagnosed with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, or PTSD and you have tried traditional antidepressants without adequate relief. ketamine treatments could be a good options for you.

You will be seated in a comfortable recliner during your treatment. Our staff will place monitors so that we can track your heart rate, EKG, blood pressure, and oxygen levels during your treatment.

A small intravenous catheter will be placed into a vein, after which ketamine will slowly be infused into the vein over approximately 40 minutes by a precise mechanical pump. Your provider will remain in the room during your treatment to monitor your response to the treatment. You will remain awake during the infusion. Most patients report a relaxing and peaceful experience.

Patients will also notice changes in their vision and/or a feeling of “lightheadedness” or “floating.” Many also report feeling somewhat disconnected and having slower thoughts. Typical recovery times last from 20-30 minutes after the completion of your infusion. Most people can expect to be at the office for a total of 90 minutes. You will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after your infusion.

Yes. All patients will require a referral from their provider before beginning infusion therapy.

  • Schizophrenia or acute mania
  • Uncontrolled hypertension or other cardiac conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Pregnancy
  • Allergic reactions to ketamine
  • Obesity (BMI ≥ 40), and
  • Other conditions based on clinical

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the most common cause of delay or exclusion from receiving ketamine infusions. Please ensure that you have addressed this concern with you primary care provider.

You should continue your prescribed home medications unless directed otherwise. Your ketamine provider will review your medications during your initial consult and discuss any potential interactions.

The initial series of infusions consists of six ketamine infusions over a 2-3 week period. Many patients will notice a change in their symptoms after 1-2 treatments, however, some patients will not experience a benefit until later on in the initial series of treatments. While the effects of ketamine treatments can be life-changing, ketamine is not a cure for mood disorders. You will need maintenance treatments
in order to maintain treatment effects. Your ketamine provider will discuss a recommended maintenance infusion schedule for you, based on your response. On average, patients return every 4-6 weeks for maintenance or “booster” infusions.

There is approximately a 70-72% response rate for patient with depression.

Initial phone consultation: $0
Standard length infusions: $425

  • We accept credit cards only.
  • Financing options may be available upon request.
  • You may be able to use your FSA funds to pay for
    your ketamine treatments.
  • Check with your employer’s FSA administrator to verify eligibility.
  • We offer a discount for military veterans.

Ketamine treatments are currently NOT covered by insurance plans. At your request, we will provide you with a superbill and visit invoice for services provided.

Once we have completed your in person consultation and have a referral from your provider, your infusion can start immediately. We will work with you to schedule your initial series of six infusions. After that, you can schedule “booster” infusions on our patient portal whenever you feel you need them.

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If you or a loved one is struggling with treatment-resistant depression, contact Specialized Infusion today and schedule your appointment to learn more about ketamine treatment for major depression, and if you are a good candidate.

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