Ketamine Therapy: FAQs
What is Ketamine?
“ke · ta · mine”
A synthetic compound used as an anesthetic and analgesic drug that, under doctor supervision, can be used to treat PTSD, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation.
What is Chronic Depression?
Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that are normally enjoyed, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities for at least two weeks. People dealing with depression may experience symptoms such as anxiety, loss of energy, reduced concentration, feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
How does Ketamine relate to traditional antidepressants for treatment?
Effective for those who have never had a treatment, as well as for those who have treatment resistant depression. Ketamine has shown to be a better solution compared to leading antidepressant prescriptions, those of which have proven to be very harmful and ineffective to many in the long run.
How does Ketamine help Chronic Depression?
Evidence has emerged showing that carefully measured amounts of Ketamine over a 40 minute infusion can have fast-acting anti-depression effects. Studies show that positive results start to occur within hours after just one infusion, and are sustained for 4-7 days. Multiple infusions have shown positive results that last for months.
What does the future look like for Ketamine treatments for Chronic Depression?
As more and more individuals respond to Ketamine Therapy, all data is collected and contributes to the creation of future, more effective antidepressant medications and solutions.
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
What is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)?
PTSD is a mental health disorder that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening, shocking, or dangerous event such as combat, a natural disaster, serious accident, or sexual assault. PTSD is characterized by symptoms that persist for months and years after the initial event, and can include feelings of being on edge, anxiety, depression, upsetting memories, and trouble sleeping.
What kinds of treatment options are usually available for those with PTSD?
Standard treatment of PTSD includes antidepressants like SSRIs, atypical antipsychotics, and psychotherapy. The downside to current standard treatment is that it takes weeks to months to work, has poor response rates, and negative medication side effects.
How does Ketamine Therapy help anxiety?
With carefully measured doses, Ketamine led to a significant reduction in CAPS scores (Clinician Administered PTSD Scale), and lasted for up to two weeks in some cases. Ketamine may also optimize psychotherapies like prolonged exposure (PE), allowing patients to progress faster during treatment.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Disorder is one that consists of both manic and depressive episodes, separated by periods of normal mood, and is distinguished by the above disorders.
How is Bipolar Disorder usually treated?
Typically, treatment entails a combination of at least one mood-stabilizing drug and/or atypical antipsychotic, plus psychotherapy.
How does Ketamine Therapy help Bipolar Disorder?
Ketamine infusion therapy offers an effective strategy to control the depression in Bipolar Disorder without causing a manic episode, as many traditional antidepressant medications do. Ketamine infusion therapy is able to treat Bipolar Disorder without the side effects of traditional treatments that oftentimes do more harm than good.
Ketamine Academy, WebMD
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, trembling, sweating, and dizziness. These symptoms can worsen over time and can affect quality of life, interfering with job performance, school work, and relationships.
What kinds of treatment options are usually available for those with high Anxiety?
These disorders are often treated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and medications such as antidepressants, anxiolytics, and beta-blockers.
How does Ketamine Therapy help anxiety?
Almost half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. When it comes to treatment of Anxiety with Ketamine, there aren’t many studies available. However, Ketamine has been shown to reduce Anxiety symptoms when administered to people with Depression.