350 million people or roughly 5% of the global population suffers from this debilitating condition, many of whom suffer in silence or have tried and failed traditional treatment remedies turning to possibly alcohol or other drugs to try to find relief. For many the pain and public misunderstanding becomes so severe they ultimately choose death as their only alternative.
Now there is HOPE. Ketamine Wellness Centers provides low dose Ketamine infusions in a safe, professional setting to patients suffering from treatment resistant depression. Ketamine is an FDA approved anesthetic which has been used as a safe anesthetic agent since the 1960’s and since then used in thousands of hospitals throughout the world.
Ketamine has shown tremendous results in helping relieve the symptoms of depression since it’s antidepressant potential was first identified in the 1990’s. However, since the patent has expired on Ketamine the treatment is deemed “off-label” not allowing for providers to bill insurance for treatment.
Although we still don’t know how medications work to improve a patient’s mood the most recent research on Ketamine shows that Ketamine causes Neuron Activation (neuro-genesis), which is contrary to traditional anti-depressants that work on the chemical levels in a patient’s brain. Because of this physiologic change many patients can feel improvement in as little as 1 – 2 treatments.
Ketamine is not a cure for depression and does require ongoing maintenance treatments once stabilized. However, Ketamine patients, in conjunction with psychological support and other integrated wellness programs, can experience a life with little to no depression symptoms.