Depression is a common mental health condition caused by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, and social factors. While there are traditional treatment options, many can be ineffective, cause significant side effects, or require a significant time commitment.
Psychotherapy is beneficial but can take months to years to work through psychological issues. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been used to combat treatment-resistant depression but it is considered barbaric by some and can lead to memory impairment. In addition, some patients are placed on multiple psychiatric medications leading to drug interactions and unwanted side effects.
According to data from the NIMH, an estimated 16 million adults experienced at least one episode of major depression in 2014.
Research has shown that only 30-40% of patients respond to antidepressants after a full course of treatment.
The World Health Organization recently declared depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide.
Suicides are now the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages (CDC).
About Ketamine use in the treatment of depression:
Ketamine can cause improvements in mood symptoms within a few days.
Unique mechanism of action
Ketamine works differently than traditional antidepressants.
Effective symptom relief
Ketamine provides significant symptom relief and could potentially save the lives of those contemplating suicide.