Ketamine Treatment is Providing Relief for Depression
As human beings, we will all experience times in our life that affect our mood causing us to feel sad, lonely, or to withdraw from people and activities we usually enjoy. Normally, our mood levels out within a few weeks. When these feelings persist for more than two weeks it is called Major Depressive Disorder or clinical depression. Depression can make it difficult to carry out your day to day activities.
Depression affects over 16 million people in the United States. It is more common in women than men and it is the leading cause of disability in our country. Of those affected by depression, many do not seek treatment. Of those who do, approximately 30% do not respond to traditional antidepressant therapy, leading patients to find other ways to relieve their pain such as turning to alcohol or drugs. This unresponsiveness to traditional antidepressant therapy is known as Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD). TRD is defined as having failed two or more traditional antidepressant therapies. Ketamine has been shown in multiple clinical studies to rapidly alleviate depressive symptoms with a response rate of 70-80%. This offers hope and possibility of increased quality of life for those suffering with TRD.
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