Songs, store displays, events and virtually everyone around you says it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But for you, it’s not. Instead, the holidays spark anxiety, stress, sadness, and feelings of isolation. This is how thousands of people suffering from depression feel as the world around them turns to holiday magic. These neighbors, friends and family members want to be happy, but their mind won’t relinquish control. Instead, it maintains a grip that keeps a dark cloud hovering over each day.
If this sounds familiar, or if someone you know is stuck in this cycle, and therapy and medication are no longer enough, don’t give up. Ketamine, an emerging treatment for severe chronic depression and pain, has helped thousands of people regain quality of life. It may even be the key to a happy new year.
Additional research is needed to determine exactly how the age-old anesthetic works as a depression treatment, however a growing body of research suggests that ketamine restores the ability to make connections between brain cells. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which must build in the system for weeks to months before they become fully effective, ketamine works almost instantly. The standard ketamine protocol for mood disorders involves a series of six infusions over a two week time period. Maintenance infusions are then administered every four to six weeks. Each appointment lasts approximately 60 minutes, during which patients are comfortably seated in a recliner where they can relax as the medication is administered. An estimated 75 – 80 percent of patients who try ketamine are able to achieve symptom improvement/relief.
Ketamine infusions are most commonly used for mood disorders and severe depression, but there is also a pain protocol that has shown great promise. Patients who have not been able to successfully manage their chronic pain through other treatment methods, or those with chronic pain who are planning to undergo surgery, are candidates. These patients may suffer from fibromyalgia, cancer, sickle cell disease, spinal cord injury, neuropathic pain or other similar conditions. Innovative Ketamine has treated more than 1,000 patients with ketamine, some of whom were once suicidal and are now thriving in their daily lives.
This holiday season, remember that you are a gift. Seek help and don’t give up. The team at Innovative Ketamine is available to answer any questions you may have. Together, let’s work to make this year bright. Contact us to learn more about this groundbreaking treatment or to schedule an appointment.