With so many clinics now offering ketamine to their patients, there has been a significant media bustle surrounding its use for treating depression and other such afflictions. As I’ve learned about ketamine, recent articles and videos have been an excellent resource, both for seeing what the ketamine infusion experience is like, and for staying up on how clinical trials are going. Below, I’ve included a few of my favorites.
In a recent article from NPR, Dr. Gerard Sanacora of Yale University and Dr. James Murrough of the Icahn School of Medicine talk about many of the pros and cons of ketamine treatments. Sanacora focuses on the fast-acting nature of ketamine, stating that since most other antidepressants can take several weeks to take effect, it may be a truly life-saving option for those likely to kill or injure themselves.
This video report from WIRED dives into the details of ketamine’s usefulness in combating depression, citing the experience of Sean Spencer, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs like Sean have been shown to be twice as likely as other individuals to suffer from depression. watch below
Julie, a patient of Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, appeared on popular TV show The Doctors to discuss the benefits of ketamine infusion treatments. The hosts also talked with her doctor about a few concerns some may have regarding the treatments.
Jeff Ellis, a man plagued by crippling depression and suicidal thoughts for years, finally found relief through intravenous ketamine treatments. In this video, he shares his story. watch below
In this TED talk, Dr. Rebecca Brachman, Ph.D. discusses the groundbreaking research she and her colleagues have been conducting surrounding stress and PTSD. According to their research, certain drugs like ketamine can not only help address the symptoms of mental health problems, they can also help prevent their initial onset like a vaccination can for chicken pox. watch below
In this video, Dr. Steven Mandel, head physician and founder of the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, enumerates the usefulness of ketamine in treatment of PTSD in addition to other mental health disorders. Dr. Mandel is a very experienced and highly-publicized advocate of ketamine treatments, and live-streams informative videos from his clinic every Friday between 3:00-3:30pm PST.
This BBC article and accompanying video discuss a recent trial conducted in the UK surrounding ketamine and treatment-resistant depression. The US is further along in terms of ketamine research than the UK, but initial, positive results of trials overseas are similar to those conducted here.
In response to the above UK trial of ketamine, internet news network The Young Turks discuss the history of ketamine and the importance of funding further research for this potentially life-saving drug. watch below
In this 22-minute documentary from VICE, reporter Abdullah Saeed follows Steven Gerritse, a long-time ketamine clinic patient who has suffered from depression for much of his life. In this unique investigative video, the reporter goes so far as to get a ketamine treatment himself to help with PTSD he experiences from a mugging, which allows him to provide very hands-on insight to the viewer. Psychiatrist Steven Levine, M.D., who has been administering ketamine treatments now for about six years, guides us through the process. (Caution: brief strong language.) watch below
I’ll be stopping in to add more ketamine-related news periodically.
Daniel Moster is an office/IT intern at Noetic Psychiatry, who also occasionally moonlights as a writer, mandolin player, and student of Family Life at Brigham Young University. In his free time, he enjoys collecting hobbies, eating sugary foods, and spending time with his beautiful wife.