Ketamine infusions—whether for the treatment of depression or various chronic pain conditions—has been earning a good amount of media attention lately. For better and for worse. While ketamine has proven itself one of the biggest breakthroughs in brain science medicine, many people are still skeptical, clinging to the negative stigma of the drug and viewing the treatments as experimental at best.
But the truth is that Yale researchers started researching the antidepressant effects of ketamine in the 1990s, more than 25 years ago. While using ketamine to study the effects of glutamate on schizophrenia, researchers discovered the strong possibility that glutamate may also be connected with depression. This discovery acted as the catalyst for a series of scientific experiments, resulting in the recognition that ketamine does produce a rapid antidepressant effect.
MedicalXpress sat down with one of the Yale researchers involved in these initial studies. Read the interview and educate yourself on the history of ketamine for depression, as well as on what researchers now know, and what their hopes for the future are.
Ketamine has been proven to dramatically improve depressive symptoms in upwards of 70% of patients. There is still a lot to learn about this most innovative and progressive treatment for depression. For individuals who have lost hope and need help immediately, ketamine can be life-changing, and life-saving.
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If you or a loved one is suffering from depression and aren’t sure what your options are, contact RestoratIV Wellness. Our ketamine clinic is happy to offer a free consultation to new patients. We’ll help answer questions about how ketamine works for the treatment of depression, and determine if you or your loved ones are candidates for ketamine infusion therapy. Servicing the Southern New Jersey and greater Philadelphia areas, RestoratIV Wellness is easily accessible for those living locally!