According to Harvard Medical School: “The drug ketamine is a promising treatment for many people with major depression. When administered as IV infusion patients may experience rapid symptom relief. Because it works quickly, it could be an important tool in helping people who are suicidal.” The drug was originally used as an anesthetic but has evolved into a treatment therapy for mental health disorders and their symptoms, like sadness, agitation, irritability.
Medical professionals often prescribe medication(s) to target imbalances in brain chemicals (serotonin and dopamine) but results vary by patient and it can take weeks to months to find a solution for each individual.
While antidepressants are used to balance chemicals, Ketamine can provide immediate impact by changing the way brain cells communicate. Ketamine affects receptors in the brain and targets glutamate, the brain’s most common excitatory chemical messenger. Glutamate strengthens the connections in your brain, playing a key role in how you learn, remember, and respond to experiences. It also helps to produce and balance GABA which is a neurotransmitter that produces a calming effect in the body.
When administered via infusion therapy, ketamine is known to work quickly, within one or two sessions – far quicker than other kinds of medications such as antidepressants.
Ketamine infusion therapy offers several major advantages for people seeking relief from depression and anxiety. Here are some benefits to consider:
Rapid Symptom Relief: Ketamine has shown to be remarkable in providing rapid relief from symptoms of depression and anxiety. Unlike traditional treatments that sometimes take weeks to take effect, ketamine infusion therapy can offer improvements within hours. This rapid response can be particularly beneficial for people who are experiencing severe symptoms, or are in crisis.
Improved Treatment Response: For people who haven’t responded to other treatment methods, ketamine infusion therapy can be a promising alternative. It targets different pathways in the brain, and it has demonstrated effectiveness – even in cases of treatment-resistant depression and anxiety.
Well-being and Quality of Life: By alleviating the symptoms of anxiety and depression, ketamine infusion therapy can greatly improve a person’s overall quality of life. It can restore the senses of hope, motivation, and joy to a person’s life, allowing them to engage more fully in their daily activities and relationships
Reduced Suicidal Ideation: Suicidal ideation is a serious concern for people with severe depression and/or anxiety. Ketamine has shown promising results in reducing suicidal thoughts, and has provided a lifeline to those in distress. Its rapid-acting nature gives immediate relief and can help prevent tragic outcomes.
Long-lasting Effects: While ketamine infusion therapy can initially provide rapid relief, it can also have long-lasting effects for some people. The treatment sometimes acts as a catalyst for ongoing improvement, and can contribute to sustained remission, or a reduction in the severity of symptoms. Regular maintenance sessions can also help sustain the positive outcomes earned through ketamine therapy.