Once depression takes hold, your energy often takes a dive, and simply getting out of bed can seem impossible. If your depression doesn’t improve with counseling and antidepressants, you still have hope with ketamine infusion therapy. Patrick Oliver, MD, at MindPeace Clinics in Richmond, Arlington, and Norfolk, Virginia and Washington, D.C., is an expert in the field of ketamine infusions. Dr. Oliver has an impressive success rate of 75% for patients with depression and treatment-resistant depression. Don’t wait to get help for your depression. Call the office closest to you or use the online booking feature to schedule an initial consultation.
Many people tend to ignore depression, thinking it’s the same as the ordinary blues. They think that, like the blues, their depression will lift on its own. But clinical depression isn’t the same as just feeling a bit down, and it seldom improves without treatment.
When you have depression, you feel sad and lose interest in the daily activities you usually enjoy. You may also experience other symptoms, including:
If you have clinical depression, your symptoms last for at least two weeks.
The conventional treatment for depression includes psychotherapy, antidepressants, or both. Unfortunately, 10-30% of patients don’t improve even after two courses of antidepressants, a condition known as treatment-resistant depression. That’s when ketamine infusion therapy can help.
Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthetic medication that has been safely used during surgery for decades. When you take ketamine at a subanesthetic dose, however, it has a different effect.
Low doses of ketamine do an exceptional job of improving major depression and treatment-resistant depression. Clinical studies show that many people experience symptom relief within a few hours of their first treatment.
Ketamine produces fast results by directly targeting a brain chemical called glutamate and quickly boosting its levels in your brain. Antidepressants also affect glutamate, but not directly. They first target other neurotransmitters, a process that takes weeks before your depression starts to improve.
The rapid action of ketamine also makes it a good option for treating patients with suicidal thoughts.
If you struggle with depression and you’re interested in ketamine therapy, the first step is scheduling an initial consultation with Dr. Oliver. He reviews your medical history, performs an exam, and starts to monitor your mood using internet and smartphone apps.
Dr. Oliver administers ketamine using an intravenous (IV) infusion. During your infusion, which takes 40 minutes, the medical team monitors your heart rate and blood pressure, while you simply relax in a comfortable reclining chair.
You’ll receive a series of six infusions, getting an infusion every other day over the course of two to three weeks. Though ketamine may produce fast symptom relief, a series of treatments leads to long-lasting results.
Don’t continue struggling with depression, call MindPeace Clinics or book an appointment online. The team serves patients in Richmond, Arlington, Washington D.C., and Norfolk, Virginia.