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What Are the Antidepressant Effects of Ketamine in Treating Depression?

What Are the Antidepressant Effects of Ketamine in Treating Depression?

It’s normal to be sad and have a dreadful day from time to time. Sometimes you just want to be alone and instinctively shut off your alarm clock and call in sick. Or you ignore a phone call from your mom. Or decline an invitation to dinner with friends. But if all these things become regular daily occurrences, you may have depression. Thankfully, medicine like ketamine has powerful antidepressant properties and may help reduce depression’s worst symptoms.

What is Depression?

Depression is a widespread and serious mental health problem that can negatively affect your feelings, actions, and how you think. It can have devastating consequences if the symptoms are ignored, but treatment is available. Typical symptoms may include feeling sad most of the time or no longer interested in doing things that once brought enjoyment. In other words, it can affect nearly all aspects of your life at home, work, and elsewhere and could trigger other emotional and physical problems.

Who Does it Affect?

Depression can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. It’s the great equalizer in psychiatric circles and is non-discriminate in who it impacts. According to the World Health Organization, it affects nearly 300 million people and is a leading source of disability. 

The condition is equally damaging in the United States, with the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health estimating it affects more than 8% of all adults. Depression also affects millions of children and reaches across all socioeconomic boundaries.

What Are the Risk Factors?

  • Personality traits like poor self-esteem, over-dependence, and criticizing yourself
  • Early childhood or regular exposure as an adult to trauma or stressful events
  • A family history of depression or other mental illnesses, especially with biological relatives
  • Gender issues and lack of a support system
  • You have been diagnosed with other mental health illnesses
  • Substance abuse
  • Histories of chronic illness, like cancer or heart disease
  • High blood pressure medications, sleeping pills, and certain other medicines

What Are the Causes?

Depression is like many other mental health conditions in that its exact cause is unknown. But we have a promising idea of the culprits, which may include:

  • Biological and physical differences in the brain.
  • How brain chemistry functions, particularly neurotransmitters like glutamate. Neurotransmitters help regulate and disseminate pain signals, and moodiness and emotional problems can happen if they’re weak or somehow damaged.
  • Hormonal changes.
  • Family history. Depression is known to exist in families, particularly among blood relatives.

The Antidepressant Properties of Ketamine When It’s Used to Treat Depression

Ketamine’s not a new medicine. It’s been around for decades and was initially synthesized as a new kind of anesthesia. The initial goal was for ketamine to be used as a human anesthetic, which it was – to stunning effect, particularly during its first mass usage treating wounded U.S. soldiers fighting in Vietnam. It received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as a human and animal anesthetic in 1970 but has been used for almost 60 years to treat symptoms of mental illness and other pain conditions that don’t respond well to conventional therapy.

When used to treat depression, the medicine has more than proven its worth, with one version – esketamine – given FDA approval to help people with treatment-resistant depression. The medicine is known for its strong, antidepressant properties. No one knows for sure how ketamine works on the brain, but research by Harvard Medical School indicates it binds to NMDA receptors, which allows for a boost in the number of neurotransmitters in spaces between neurons. The medicine is thought to create many antidepressant effects, including:

Diagnosis & Treatment

There isn’t a single test that can diagnose depression. Instead, your healthcare provider may rely on physical and psychiatric examinations to uncover the source of symptoms and treat them. There could be an underlying medical condition; with a mental health check, symptoms could be triggered by emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Both examinations will document your personal and family medical history.

If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, ketamine therapy may work to reduce the symptoms. But your healthcare provider could also recommend psychotherapy, antidepressants, or other types of medicine.

Immunity Boost Information

During periods of increased illness, whether it’s COVID, flu season, back to school, or travel, we recommend this infusion weekly.

Frequency: Weekly to Monthly

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Immunity Boost Information

During periods of increased illness, whether it’s COVID, flu season, back to school, or travel, we recommend this infusion weekly.

Frequency: Weekly to Monthly

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Immunity Boost Information

During periods of increased illness, whether it’s COVID, flu season, back to school, or travel, we recommend this infusion weekly.
Frequency: Weekly to Monthly

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The Day After Information

If you overdid it the night before, we have the right sauce for you.

If you are planning a night out like a Bachelor/Bachelorette party, book us in advance. We will go to your hotel/resort the next morning. Your friends will thank you. Minimum of three prepaid infusions required for mobile infusions.

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Fatigue Fighter Information

The Rocket Booster is specially formulated to kick fatigue’s butt and recharge your batteries. Even our toughest fatigue cases report they feel better.

Frequency: The effects usually wear off every 3 days at first because your system is depleted. After a few rounds, most people can space the infusions out to weekly and even monthly. You can also just get a boost anytime you need that little extra.

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The Works Information

Treat yourself to The Works. The body you live in will thank you! If you are feeling rundown or just haven’t been great to yourself lately, this is the infusion for you.

This infusion is only available to someone that has gotten nutrient infusions before. Check out our Rookie infusion for first-timers.

Frequency: We recommend this infusion at least once per quarter, but you can get it weekly for the demands of life.

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Post Workout Information

This infusion combines the Road Runner with the Antioxidant Deluxe. Repairs muscles and boosts antioxidants.

Your body is your vehicle. Help it repair and get back in action faster.

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Allergy & Sinus Information

This drip is specially formulated to calm symptoms and boost a wonky immune system.

If your symptoms are severe, you can add on Benadryl for $12. You need to bring someone to drive you home though because you will be VERY SLEEPY.

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Fatigue Fighter Information

Nutrient Intravenous (IV) therapy has multiple uses. From asthma and migraines to fatigue and sports performance, Myers Cocktail might be the answer. If you are feeling rundown or just haven’t been great to yourself lately, this is the infusion for you.

Dr. Myers started it all in the 1980s. Since then, his cocktail has been infused worldwide, thousands perhaps millions of times.

Frequency: Weekly to Monthly

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