In the past, ketamine came with the assumption of being a party drug, an anesthetic, or a pain reliever. But for those who suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts, ketamine is quickly becoming a new hope.
Commonly used in hospitals as an anesthetic, ketamine has been shown to have a significant impact on treatment-resistant depression and suicidal ideation by recent scientific studies. Although the drug being used as treatment for depression is still considered an “off-label” use, patients who have opted for the ketamine infusion have experienced relief in a just a matter of hours with the effects lasting around 7 days.
So how exactly does a drug commonly used as an anesthetic and analgesic work to treat major depressive disorders? Recent studies have shown ketamine to create new connections in the areas of the brain connected to depression called synapses. And while traditional anti-depressants can take anywhere between 4-6 weeks to take effect, ketamine provides relief in as little as an hour. With the treatment taking effect in the brain so rapidly, some doctors are calling ketamine the “save shot”, and one of the biggest breakthroughs for mental health in 50 years. The efficacy in which the treatment begins to take effect is especially important for individuals suffering from treatment-depression, suicidal thoughts, and suicidal ideation who are currently waiting for anti-depressants to start kicking in or have not responded to standard depression medications.
Not only is the ground-breaking discovery of this new treatment making strides in treating severe depression, ketamine infusion is also proving to be effective as a maintenance treatment for anxiety disorders as well. Participants in a recent study reported significant improvements including changes in functionality, ability to concentrate, social engagement, and other life changes. And similar to the use of ketamine for treatment-resistant depression, patients experienced relief as quickly as an hour after the injection.
This new approach to mental health and one of the most important discoveries in half a century is available right here in the Utah Valley. For more information on our ketamine infusion therapy and pricing, contact Noetic Psychiatry to see how you can benefit from this treatment, or call us at (801) 369-8989.