Depression affects millions of people worldwide, and for some, traditional treatments such as therapy and antidepressant medications are not effective. This is known as treatment-resistant depression, and it can be devastating for those who suffer from it. Fortunately, there is a new treatment option that is giving hope to those with treatment-resistant depression: ketamine treatment.
What is ketamine treatment?
Ketamine is a medication that has been used for decades as an anesthetic in surgical settings. In recent years, however, research has shown that ketamine can also be effective in treating depression, particularly treatment-resistant depression. Ketamine treatment involves a series of intravenous infusions of ketamine, administered under the supervision of a trained healthcare provider.
How does ketamine work?
The exact mechanism by which ketamine works to alleviate depression is not fully understood. However, it is believed that ketamine acts on certain receptors in the brain, leading to an increase in the production of certain neurotransmitters that are associated with mood regulation. Unlike traditional antidepressant medications, which can take several weeks to start working, ketamine treatment can have a rapid onset of action, with some patients experiencing significant improvement in their symptoms within hours or days.
What are the benefits of ketamine treatment?
One of the main benefits of ketamine treatment is its rapid onset of action. For those with treatment-resistant depression, who may have struggled for years to find an effective treatment, this can be life-changing. In addition, ketamine treatment has been shown to be effective in a wide range of patients, including those with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal ideation.
Another benefit of ketamine treatment is that it can be administered in a controlled, clinical setting, under the supervision of a trained healthcare provider. This can be reassuring for patients who may have concerns about the safety and efficacy of the treatment.
How to book an appointment for ketamine treatment at Nao Medical
If you or a loved one is suffering from treatment-resistant depression, ketamine treatment may be an option worth exploring. At Nao Medical, we offer innovative ketamine treatment for depression and other mental health conditions. Our caring and compassionate healthcare providers are dedicated to providing high-quality care for our patients, with a focus on total whole body and mind care.
To book an appointment for ketamine treatment at Nao Medical, please visit our appointment booking and select “ketamine treatment” as your appointment type. Our short wait times, affordable costs, and tech-focused approach make getting the care you need easier than ever.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is ketamine treatment safe?
Yes, ketamine treatment is generally considered safe when administered under the supervision of a trained healthcare provider. Like any medication, there are potential side effects, but these are typically mild and temporary.