Proper treatment for depression is an ever present topic in psychological circles. Every year, there are millions of people around the world who suffer from some kind of depression. Some only suffer mild depression caused by situational changes. These kinds of depression can often be treated by a change of venue or habit. There is, however, a different kind of depression that requires much more attention. It is what doctors are calling, ‘treatment resistant depression’. Patients who fall under this category are prime candidates for ketamine infusion treatment.
Patients who suffer from major depressive disorders,bi-polar depression, postpartum depression and severe anxiety have been found to be non-responsive towards the traditional anti-depressants in the market today. This is not to say that these drugs do not work, it is simply to say that, in most cases, they take too long. And here is why:
Many serotonin anti-depressants go towards improving the communication among our brain cells. They also encourage the creation of brand new brain cells that go towards strengthening the brain circuits and regulating our mood. Naturally, this is a very slow process that may take weeks of drug ingestion before the patient feels any better. During this time, patients may get deeper and deeper into their depressed states.
There is however, a fast growing body of research that goes to show that ‘Ketamine’ does what many serotonin anti-depressants, such as prozac, look to do but only much faster. Ketamine seems to cause a rapid proliferation of new brain connections between neurons, thus getting the job done at a much faster rate.
This is one of the main reasons why ketamine infusion is becoming a popular course of treatment for depression patients who are not responding to other forms of treatment.