Ketamine for Treatment of Mood Disorders
Ketamine was discovered in 1962 and FDA approved as an anesthetic in 1970. Studies in the early 2000s found it to be a rapid-acting antidepressant.
Ketamine has shown immense promise in those who didn’t see results using traditional medical treatments for depression.
Conditions which can benefit:
How Ketamine is Different from Traditional Treatments
– Ketamine does not need to be taken daily. Patients can experience long-lasting, positive effects when taken in low doses over a brief period of time.
– It works within hours, as opposed to weeks.
– The side effects associated with ketamine are minimal and safer in comparison to those associated with traditional treatments.
Why Might Ketamine Infusion Therapy Work for Me?
Exhausting your treatment options can be exhausting within itself. Ketamine has been proven to be successful for those who have tried multiple antidepressants. This alternative treatment has novel ways of providing mental and physical relief.
Ketamine infusion therapy is safe when administered by a physician and can not only help you feel better sooner but help you feel better longer.
If you’ve experienced debilitating mood for months or even years to no avail, ketamine can make you feel like yourself again.
What Can I Expect Before My Visit?
To get started with ketamine treatment for mood disorders in Chicago, call us and schedule your first consultation with one of our doctors. We will review your past treatments and determine whether ketamine treatment therapy would be right for you.
The plan begins with a total of six one-hour infusions that are administered two to three times per week for two to three weeks/
Following that initial round of ketamine therapy treatment, you may need to return for maintenance therapy that consists of a single one-hour infusion given roughly every four weeks. The interval may vary depending on how well you respond to the initial therapy.
How Does Ketamine Help as a Mood Disorder Treatment?
Ketamine has the potential to be a highly effective mood disorder treatment medication because of its effect on the neurotransmitter glutamate and the effect this has on forming new beneficial pathways in the brain. Prolonged periods of stress can disrupt the production and reception of glutamate in the brain, causing toxic levels to build, which could harm the synapses that regulate mood. Research has shown ketamine can halt and even reverse this damage, restoring more-typical mood regulation, even if other treatments in the past have failed.
To learn more about if ketamine is right for you, schedule a consultation with one of our physicians.