Ketamine Therapy for Depression

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Ketamine Therapy for Depression

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What is depression?

Depression is a common mood disorder that affects how you feel, think, and behave. It can appear in people of all ages, including children and teens, but is often diagnosed during adulthood.

Researchers theorize that this mood disorder occurs from a combination of factors, including those that are genetic, environmental, biological, and psychological. You may be at greater risk of developing depression if it runs in your family.

It’s also common for depression to accompany other chronic diseases such as chronic pain, addiction, and diabetes.

What are the depression symptoms?

Depression symptoms vary in type and severity. Common signs and symptoms may include:

  • Ongoing sadness
  • Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, or shame
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Change in appetite or weight
  • Loss of interest in friends or social activities
  • Low energy levels
  • Aches and pains from unknown causes
  • Thoughts of suicide

For a depression diagnosis, you must be experiencing at least some of these symptoms on a daily basis for two or more weeks.

How is depression treated?

Treatment for depression typically includes a combination of prescription medication and psychotherapy.

Antidepressants may be prescribed to help improve your depressed mood. These medications work by altering the chemicals in your brain that manage mood and stress.

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, may also be part of your treatment plan. There are many techniques psychiatrists use to improve depression, including cognitive behavioral therapy, problem-solving therapy, and interpersonal therapy.

Though medication and therapy benefit many, some people suffer from treatment-resistant depression or depression that doesn’t improve with traditional medical and psychiatric interventions. If you suffer from treatment-resistant depression, you may be searching for alternative treatments to improve your mood, such as ketamine therapy.

Can ketamine therapy help my depression?

The team at Quench Wellness takes a collaborative approach to care. They work closely with your psychiatrist to determine if ketamine therapy can help your depression.

Unlike traditional antidepressants, ketamine infusion therapy provides an immediate improvement in mood. You may benefit from the treatment if you suffer from treatment-resistant depression or thoughts of suicide. Ketamine works by blocking the neurotransmitters in the brain that play a major role in mood.

To learn more about ketamine therapy and how it may help your depression symptoms, call Quench Wellness or book an appointment online today.