Ketamine for Depression Treatment in Salt Lake City
Depression is more common than you might think. It’s estimated that one in three women and one in five men have an episode of major depression by the age of 65 (Our World in Data).
Fortunately, new treatment options like ketamine infusion therapy is giving new hope to those who have not been able to manage their treatment-resistant depression using conventional treatment methods.
Ketamine can provide fast relief for symptoms of depression. Unlike many of the current medications and therapies that can take weeks or months to start working, many of our patients report feeling substantial relief after their very first ketamine infusion.
What Causes Depression?
Depression is very complex, and there are numerous causes of major depression. Factors like genetic susceptibility, intense life stress factors, substances you may take (some medications, alcohol, and drugs) and health-related problems can affect the way your brain moderates your emotional states.
What Are the Symptoms of Depression?
- Sleep deprivation
- Feeling hopeless and helpless
- Drastic weight loss/gain
- Mood swings
- Excessive fatigue
- Poor concentration
- Low self-esteem
- Persistent headaches
- Substance abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
How Does Ketamine for Depression Treatment Work?
It is believed that one of the leading causes of depression and various other mood disorders is the overactivity of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. Ketamine helps depression by attaching to the NMDA receptor and blocking it from being activated by glutamate, a neurotransmitter, thereby helping to mute the effects of depression symptoms.
By connecting to those receptors, ketamine may be able to amplify the number of glutamate neurotransmitters in the empty space between neurons. Glutamate then interacts with the AMPA receptors.
Together, these receptors bring about the discharge of multiple molecules that boost the brain’s neuroplasticity – essentially, ketamine infusions allow the brain to reset and restore important nerve connections.
What Does Ketamine Treatment Feel Like?
During your depression treatment in Salt Lake City, we go above and beyond to make sure all of our patients feel as comfortable as possible in their own private rooms. Infusions typically last 45-60 minutes for mood disorders, while infusions for chronic pain conditions require a larger dose.
A number of patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this dissociation effect is what aids with your treatment and delivers a positive response to ketamine therapy.
These are all ordinary components of the treatment. You will always remain in a safe atmosphere with our team there to monitor you and be readily available during your infusion.
Does Ketamine Really Work for Depression Treatment?
Recent research confirms that intravenous ketamine is a rapid and robust treatment for depression. In a ketamine research study performed at Stanford University, more than 50% of those given IV ketamine reported a reduction in depression symptoms.
As the leading ketamine treatment provider in Salt Lake City, we look forward to helping our patients get back to enjoying the things they love to do with the people they love.