Ketamine For Depression
In previous years, treatment for depression was recognized and accepted to be a long-term timeline. Ketamine infusions are proving that it doesn’t take a recovery time of weeks or months to see an improvement in depression.
Ketamine infusions are not limited to people who are suffering from long-term clinical depression. Take it from one of Aspen Ketamine Center’s clients who recalls looking into ketamine infusions after recognizing its ability to help people who have situational depression and are feeling sad: “Not knowing what to expect, I called Aspen Ketamine Center. And I must say, I am now a believer in the potential and promise for ketamine therapy for all sorts of mental disorders (and stress), temporary or chronic, and even for medical conditions like cancer or pain relief.” Ketamine also produces results for patients with major depression, bipolar depression, and those who are suicidal.
Not only does ketamine act fast, but it has also proven its ability to work for people whose bodies don’t respond to other SSRIs and antidepressants. How does ketamine differ from antidepressants? In the case of similarities, they both target brain chemicals that regulate your mood, but that’s where their similarities end. Medical research published on Dovepress has shown that 10-30% of people’s bodies don’t respond to antidepressants.
Can you imagine taking an antidepressant for a month to come to the conclusion that your symptoms are not improving and have to start over with a different medication? SSRIs and SNRIs also have long lists of possible side effects, including nausea, diarrhea, headaches, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, dizziness, dry mouth, and insomnia. The months of trial and error with antidepressants are precious time wasted for people who are looking for treatment for their major depression. As ketamine quickly balances levels of glutamate, your mood improves and your depression symptoms are lifted.
Ketamine Infusion Sessions
What can you expect from an IV ketamine infusion session? While ketamine infusions are a physical experience- their impact is both mental and spiritual. In your first infusion session, you will discuss the process, review your paperwork, and determine if the treatment is safe and appropriate for you. Once approved for ketamine treatment, an individualized treatment plan will be created for you by Aspen Ketamine Center. When you come into the clinic you can expect a private, relaxing experience. During a session, a patient can expect to experience tingling, floating sensations, or a dream-like state. A nurse anesthesiologist will be present with you throughout your session to monitor your breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. We are dedicated to your safety for the entirety of your treatment.
Aspen Ketamine Center has had clients that have seen improvements with their anxiety after their first infusion! Mental health journeys should not be treated like a one size fits all mold. At Aspen Ketamine Center we create a treatment plan that works for your specific needs. On average, patients are encouraged to sign up for 6 infusions, but each treatment plan is different. Ketamine infusions are more than a mask for mental health. Ketamine allows the brain to create new pathways in order to help you improve your mental health and wellness long-term.
Those who respond to Ketamine will feel relief within hours, or sometimes it may take 2-3 infusions. Non-responders are not encouraged to continue with treatment if they have seen no benefit after 3-6 infusions. As most people will feel an improvement in their mood within hours of their first infusion, it is important to remember that these results may wane after 2-3 days. Infusions are therefore scheduled as a series, usually 3-4 days apart. A series of infusions, along with therapy or integration sessions, helps to ensure the benefits of ketamine last weeks to months, by raising the baseline in mood for the long term and building better mental habits.
Schedule an Infusion
If you’d like to learn more about ketamine for depression treatment and what to expect during a treatment session, then check out the Psychedelic Therapy Podcast’s interview with Noemi Toth. Reach out to Aspen Ketamine Center to make a positive change in your life. You deserve a treatment plan that is curated specifically to match your circumstances and re-visited often to ensure that you’re meeting treatment milestones.