How to Avoid Depression, Identify Triggers and Prevent Relapse Utilizing Ketamine Therapy
Christine Ryan is Chief Clinical Officer at Ketamine Wellness Centers
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness:
“More than 17 million U.S. adults—over 7% of the population—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. People of all ages and all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds experience depression.”
Depression is a serious health condition, and its symptoms are difficult to manage. Being able to identify the triggers that intensify your symptoms may be key to managing your mental health.
Triggers or stressors can be positive or negative, and come in many shapes and forms. A trigger for one person, may not be a trigger for another. It is important to identify your own triggers and develop appropriate responses. Triggers may include:
- Being under lots of pressure whether at work or home, financial concerns facing big changes, getting married, divorced, moving to a new home, a growing family.
- Worrying about something such as health, finances, employment
- Not having much or any control over the outcome of a situation, death of a loved one,
- Having responsibilities that you’re finding overwhelming, work, home, marriage, children, financial obligations
- Not having enough work, activities, or change in your life, lack of interest or hobbies
- Times of uncertainty, the impact of covid on our society
As you can see, triggers can be positive or negative. However, your body may respond in a similar manner. Your blood pressure and pulse may rise; breathing increases; digestion slows; immune activity decreases; muscles tense, and sleepiness decreases due to heightened alertness. All of these may increase your depressive symptoms, anxiety, and overall well-being.
Your response needs to be appropriate to the situation. There are ways for you to deal with these triggers, including the following:
- Exercise each day’s movement will help relieve tense muscles and some pain.
- Reduce consumption of alcohol, caffeine, drugs- these can increase stress response in your body.
- Maintain a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables can increase the immune response
- Manage priorities. Complete tasks based on importance. Make smaller, more easily accomplished lists.
- Practice breathing exercises.
- Relax with meditation, yoga, and spend time with friends.
- Acknowledge and be mindful of how your body is responding to stress.
If you suffer from depression or anxiety and are treating with ketamine infusion therapy, be aware of how long it has been since your last infusion. Are you due for a maintenance treatment? Have you undergone any increased emotional stress that may need attention?
Your KWC Clinical Administrator is available for continued support and guidance through your ketamine journey. There are also Facilitated Treatment Support options available.
Get back to living your best life and feel free to connect with us at 855-KET-WELL (855-538-9355) to learn more about our innovative clinical program.
There is hope. There is help.