WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Depression is a mental disorder that leaves the sufferer feeling lost, hopeless, and relentlessly sad. Depression manifests in several ways, including: Major depression.
If you have symptoms of depression every day for more than two weeks, and they have a significant impact on your ability to function normally. This is classified as a major depression. Persistent depressive disorder If you suffer from symptoms of depression, which may come and go, for more than two years, you likely have a persistent depressive disorder.
There are other forms of depression, such as postpartum depression or seasonal affective disorder, but the two listed above are the most common forms of the condition.
Depression affects people differently, so there’s no clear-cut checklist when it comes to figuring out whether you or a loved one is suffering from the disease. That said, there are some common symptoms that signal depression, such as:
• An overwhelming feeling of sadness and hopelessness.• Fatigue.• Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy.• Trouble concentrating.• Sleep issues (either too much or too little).• Weight fluctuations.• Irritability and restlessness.• Suicidal tendencies.
This last symptom is one that’s worth underscoring. Suicidal ideation is when you think about, or even plan, ending your own life. Thoughts of suicide should be taken very seriously and you should seek medical counsel right away.
Many of our patients have tried traditional or even invasive treatments for depression with little improvement in their symptoms. These prior treatments may include a variety of medications and psychotherapy. Some have tried costly transcranial magnet stimulation (TMS) or memory erasing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Ketamine infusion therapy offers new hope for patients who have failed or had limited improvement with other treatment avenues. Studies have shown that ketamine works by rapidly increasing levels of the largest neurotransmitter in the brain; Glutamate. Glutamate is the most important neurotransmitter for normal brain function.
Additionally, ketamine is thought to grow new (or repair damaged) neural connections, allowing the brain a chance to heal. Under the careful monitoring of Dr. Henry Liang, you will receive a series of six intravenous low dose ketamine infusions over a two week period. We have found that this treatment plan, and use of our unique dosing protocols results in a success rate of more than 85% among those who suffer from treatment-resistant depression.
Depending on your situation, the doctors may also add a NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) therapy to enhance the results of the ketamine, restore your energy, and regulate your stress response. If you’d like to find out more about treating depression with ketamine, contact Klarity Life.
If you have been diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression, you may be a candidate for ketamine infusion treatment. This includes major depressive disorders, PTSD, post-partum depression, and bipolar disorder.
If you have not responded to traditional medications, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or other forms of treatment, ketamine infusions may be considered as a next step. It is possible to undergo ketamine infusion therapy and have no beneficial effect although those patients are in the minority.
Ketamine is not for those with mild depression, situational depression, or mood swings. Klarity Life reserves the right to refuse treatment based upon our assessment of your individual situation and conditions in order to provide our patients with the highest chances of success.