Depression is rampant in modern life, approximately 17% of the population suffers from depression and deals with low self-esteem, low energy, and little interest in enjoying life. According to the World Health Organization, almost 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Moreover, depression is the leading cause of disability.
Due to societal stigmas and misconceptions, many individuals suffer in silence or have tried and failed treatment, maybe turning to alcohol or other drugs to help find relief. Unfortunately, only about 40% of patients achieve full remission or significant improvement when treated with the first trial of any of the FDA – approved anti-depressants. Additionally, it can take up to six weeks for anti-depressants to produce therapeutic results. The time lag and lack of help by many treatments lead many individuals to more suffering and pain.
Ketamine treatments help by binding the NMDA receptors in the brain and blocks them. Thus, Ketamine creates a burst activity in neurons so that products of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) are increased. This activity leads to the creation of more neurotransmitters which help lift depression. Patients can feel relief from depression within hours of their Ketamine infusion. Additionally, if a patient receives a Ketamine infusion, and is then started on a traditional oral anti-depressant, the effects of the oral medicine can be seen as quickly as a week instead of the traditional 4 – 6 weeks.