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Ketamine Infusion Therapy Can Help With Depression

Major depressive disorder, or what we commonly refer to as depression, is a complex disease with a wide range of presentations. Symptoms vary from individual to individual, but the illness is generally characterized by persistent mood changes which are often accompanied by behavioral changes as well. More specifically, symptoms of depression can include any of the following: General “depressed” or lowered mood, including sadness or numbness, loss of interest in hobbies and activities, lack of motivation and energy, sleep disruptions, including insomnia, weight gain, and trouble with cognitive tasks including concentration.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy has been found to relieve the symptoms of depression in some cases within hours, rather than the usual weeks most antidepressants can take. While each patients’ conditions are different, on average 75% of patients find relief through Ketamine Infusion Therapy. We invite you to give us a call today or request a free consultation to learn more about this exciting new treatment.

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About Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions that people experience, and it can affect individuals at any age and from any background. Understanding more about this mental health condition helps you or your loved one get the treatment that is necessary to enjoy a more positive sense of mental wellbeing.

What are the Different Types of Depression?

There are several different types of depressive disorders. They are defined by the severity of the symptoms and how long the symptoms persist. Life changes, such as the loss of a job or having a baby, may also be used to determine which types of depression a person is experiencing.

  • Major Depressive Disorder – Individuals who suffer from Major Depressive Disorder lose interest in the activities they once enjoyed. The DSM 5 criteria for diagnosis is experiences 5 or more of the following symptoms over a 2+ week period: Depressed mood, diminished interest in activities, the symptoms of depression may also be more severe than what a person with mild symptoms experiences. It is also common for this type to exist along with other forms of the condition
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder – An individual with persistent depressive disorder will have symptoms most days for two years or more. People with this type of depression tend to need to explore every treatment possible to find one that works.
  • Postpartum Depression – Women who have recently had a baby can develop this type of depression. It usually develops within the first few weeks after giving birth, but it can arise at any point during the first year. Symptoms might include insomnia, loss of appetite, intense irritability, and difficulty bonding with the baby. Untreated, the condition may last months or longer.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – Individuals can develop prolonged periods of low energy and a sad mood during certain times of the year. An individual must demonstrate at least two depressive episodes in the previous two years, and seasonal episodes, typically during the fall and winter months, should substantially outnumber nonseasonal episodes. Individuals will sometimes exhibit atypical symptoms, like excessive sleeping or eating or cravings.
  • Bipolar Disorder – There are two types of bipolar disorders, Type I and Type II. With both types of Bipolar disorder, individuals swing from having depressive symptoms to experiencing periods of mania. These cycles of mood swings can happen every few weeks, or multiple times a day.

What are the Common Signs That Someone is Depressed?

Prolonged or intense periods of sadness are the most common symptoms that people experience. During these periods, a person may also lose interest in their normal activities. While some people may experience intense sadness that involves crying, others may just have a low level of dissatisfaction with life. Individuals experiencing depression may experience changes in their mood, behavior, cognitive function, and even to sleep patterns (too much or too little), appetite, and daily behavior. As the symptoms of depression worsen, people tend to begin to isolate themselves from others.

What Other Symptoms of Depression Are There?

The majority of the types of depression include sadness as their main symptom. However, there is a subtype that is known as Atypical Depressive Disorder. With this type of depression, a person sometimes experiences or displays symptoms that are opposite of what you might expect. For instance, some people are capable of being completely functional by putting on a smile each day and forcing themselves to participate at work or school. People experiencing this type of depression may feel apathetic about life but describe themselves as going through the motions. They struggle with an increased appetite and insomnia that is disruptive to their life.

What Happens When the Symptoms Are Severe?

Some people have only mild symptoms that never get worse. While these people still need treatment, they do not usually find that their condition affects every aspect of their life. The signs of severe depression include the following:

  • unusual sleep patterns, such as sleeping all day
  • refusal to socialize with others
  • engaging in self-harming behaviors
  • misusing substances in an attempt to feel better
  • discussions about suicide or suicide attempts.

What If It Goes Untreated?

It is important to seek help at the first signs of depression, as early treatment makes it easier to find relief from the symptoms. Paying attention to changes in behavior is important, and ignoring the early signs of depression can make the depression more difficult to treat as the symptoms worsen. Ignoring the signs typically results in negative impacts upon a person’s life. As individuals push people away, some people do not understand. It is common for someone with untreated depression to end up with a divorce or other damaged relationships that can only be mended after they seek help.

Untreated depressive disorders can also be accompanied by addiction. Individuals may begin to self-medicate, or attempt to ease their symptoms with drugs or alcohol. This can become a vicious cycle since the side effects of drugs and alcohol can make the symptoms of depression worse. The good news is that seeking help for a depressive disorder can help people begin to end the damage that their condition is causing to their life.

How Do You Find Out If You Are Depressed?

Many people notice the symptoms of depressive disorder in their life, but it is necessary to receive a professional diagnosis. Psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and therapists can make an accurate diagnosis simply by asking a series of questions to find out about how a person feels and functions from day to day. In some cases, a medical exam may be performed to rule out other health conditions which mimic the symptoms of depression. Having a diagnosis from a mental health professional allows individuals to explore a course of treatment that will work best for them.

Ketamine for Depression

What Types of Treatment are Available?

There are several types of treatment that are available for depressive disorders, but most take a long period of time to work. Not all treatments are effective for all patients, and it is not uncommon for a person to try several strategies before they find one that helps. Treatment types include medication, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Ketamine Therapy. Ketamine Treatment for depression has been used for many years, but it has been shown to work faster than other types while also reducing the most severe symptoms such as suicidal thinking.

How Does Ketamine Treatment for Depression Work?

The current understanding is that Ketamine binds to receptors in the brain that increases the amount of a neurotransmitter called glutamate that is released. This then sets off a chain of reactions within the brain that affects thinking and emotional regulation. Glutamate is also associated with regrowth and regeneration within neural synapses. Research is still being performed to understand to learn more about this treatment that has been so effective for individuals who have not found relief from other treatments.

In simple terms, the brain reacts to Ketamine in a way that triggers hormones that help create feel-good emotions. This effect also occurs quickly after a person receives their treatment, but some people may need several treatments before they experience the highest level of benefits. As individuals experience these increasingly positive moods, the Ketamine works to help the brain to regrow neural connects that help patients to continue to thrive.

How Can I Help a Loved One Who Is Depressed?

The best way to help someone who is showing signs of depression is to reach out to them. Let them know that you care, and offer to help them find a solution that alleviates their symptoms. Surrounding someone with this condition with support is the best way to help them find the treatment that they need.

Now that more is known about depressive disorders, there is no reason for anyone to suffer in silence. New treatments make it possible to manage the symptoms of depressive disorders so that everyone has the chance to live life to its fullest potential. Whether you or a loved one needs help, be sure to seek professional treatment that provides long-lasting relief that makes life feel enjoyable again.

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