If you struggle with depression that does not respond to conventional treatments, such as antidepressants or psychotherapy, you may have heard of ketamine assisted treatment as a possible option. But what is ketamine assisted treatment, and how does it work? In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of ketamine assisted treatment for depression, based on the latest research and evidence.

Ketamine is comparable to ECT for patients with treatment-resistant depression, study shows

Olivia Goldhill

New research into Ketamine

Ketamine is a drug that has been used for decades as an anesthetic and painkiller. It can also produce psychedelic effects, such as altered perception and dissociation. In recent years, ketamine has gained attention as a fast-acting antidepressant that can relieve depressive symptoms in hours, instead of weeks or months that other drugs may require.

Ketamine and neuroplasticity

Ketamine works by affecting a chemical in the brain called glutamate, which is involved in mood regulation and neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change and adapt in response to new experiences and learning. Ketamine can increase glutamate levels and stimulate the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which supports neuroplasticity and helps repair damaged neural connections.

Ketamine assisted treatment

Ketamine assisted treatment (KAT) is a form of therapy that combines ketamine administration with psychological support. KAT can be done in different ways, such as intravenous infusion, nasal spray, or oral lozenges. The dose and frequency of ketamine vary depending on the individual’s needs and response. Typically, ketamine is given in a lower dose than when used as an anesthetic, and under close medical supervision.

Effects on your mood

The psychological support during KAT can help enhance the effects of ketamine and facilitate positive changes in the person’s mood, thoughts, and behavior. The therapist can help the person prepare for the ketamine session, guide them through the experience, and integrate the insights and emotions that may arise during or after the session.

Treatment-resistant depression

KAT has been shown to have several benefits for people with treatment-resistant depression, such as:

    • Reducing depressive symptoms quickly and effectively
    • Improving suicidal thoughts and behaviors
    • Increasing motivation and energy
    • Enhancing quality of life and functioning
    • Promoting lasting changes in brain structure and function

KAT is not a magic bullet or a cure for depression. It is a tool that can help people break free from the cycle of depression and access new perspectives and possibilities. KAT may not work for everyone, and it may have some side effects, such as nausea, drowsiness, headache, or dissociation. KAT should be done under the guidance of a qualified mental health professional who can assess your suitability for this treatment and monitor your progress.

If you are interested in learning more about ketamine assisted treatment for depression, you can contact us at (718) 218-3782 or email info@mytalkplace.com to schedule a consultation. We are a team of experienced therapists who offer KAT in a safe and supportive environment. We look forward to hearing from you.

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