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Ketamine-Assisted Therapy for Severe Depression

Ketamine-Assisted Therapy for Severe Depression

Does Ketamine Really Work for Treatment Resistant Depression?

The answer to this is yes, and it is backed by science. At the start of the 21st century, Ketamine was found to have potent and rapid antidepressant properties at lower doses than the dosing levels for anesthetic purposes. In 2019, a larger-scale study of 235 patients using Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) demonstrated dramatic shifts in depression and anxiety for a wide range of mental health illnesses. What has been observed is that Ketamine can address a number of the unmet needs in relation to depression, including Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), all of which are categories that may not have responded to antidepressant medications (Field Trip Psychedelic Medicine Whitepaper.)

How Does Ketamine Work for Depression?

Through either IM injection or lozenges, Ketamine treatment is proven to dramatically help heal symptoms of depression. Although we consider Ketamine a psychedelic, many may not have complete “mystical” experiences. This does not mean the Ketamine isn’t doing its job - the most important part is what is happening inside the brain. Different brain regions are in constant communication. When a client is suffering from depression, often that ability of different brain regions to communicate is weakened. What Ketamine does is strengthen particular connections between brain regions through fostering the growth of neurons. This growth stimulates the ability to change the way the brain thinks, therefore helping with thoughts of depression.

How Long Does Ketamine Assisted Therapy Take to Work for Depression?

Because the brain is somewhat “rewired,” oftentimes we find that the benefits of Ketamine therapy can last a lifetime. In the first studies of Ketamine’s effectiveness in Treatment Resistant Depression, there was a response rate of over 70% in 24 hours after one dose, and a reduction in suicidal thoughts in over 50% of patients immediately after dosing compared to about 20% in the control group. 

Benefits of Ketamine Assisted Therapy for Treating Depression

Ketamine therapy is much different than traditional talk therapy and using it medicinally offers a new approach to a client’s diagnoses. Traditional pharmaceuticals are often resisted, and Ketamine is clinically proven to help with treatment-resistant depression. Some of the key benefits include:

  • Minimal side effects. Ketamine-assisted therapy does not typically see concerning or long term side effects like traditional psychiatric medicines. 
  • Long-term healing. Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can bring lifelong positive changes after just a few sessions. Ketamine therapy is not meant to be like a drug taken everyday. We aim to provide sustained relief.
  • Rapid relief. Ketamine often exerts its antidepressant effects within a matter of hours.

Is Ketamine Therapy for Depression Safe?

When used in a supervised setting at appropriate doses, Ketamine therapy is quite safe. You will have fully trained health professionals at your side throughout your treatment journey.

How Do I Start With Ketamine-Assisted Therapy?

Ultimately, it all starts with you. Our treatment programs are designed to help you utilize your own ability to heal. Because that ability may be inaccessible due to past experiences or learned patterns, our team is here to support you and serve as a guide, with the medicine being a catalyst to open up access to healing. We believe in empowering you as the agent of healing in your life.

Does Field Trip Health have a ketamine therapy clinic near me?

Field Trip Health has clinics throughout the US and Canada. If your ready to begin your journey towards a better, personalized treatment plan that's best for your well-being then Give us a call to learn more:

  • 1-888-519-6016 (USA)
  • 1-833-222-0084 (Canada)

 Or schedule an appointment time online that's best for you and our team will reach out to you.

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