What is Depression?
Also called major depressive disorder, depression is a serious mood disorder characterized by severe symptoms that affect the way you think, feel and handle daily activities, such as eating, sleeping or working. Symptoms must be present for at least two weeks for a diagnosis to be made.
The most common signs and symptoms of depression include
- a persistent sad, “empty” or anxious mood
- feelings of hopelessness and pessimism
- feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
- decreased energy or fatigue
- inability to sleep or sleeping too much
Ketamine and Depression
The drug ketamine has been championed by doctors and psychiatrists as a potentially life-changing treatment for those with depression who are resistant to medication or suicidally depressed.
For more than a decade, studies have reported that ketamine is effective in reversing severe depression that is resistant to traditional anti-depressants.
A number of major U.S. academic health centres, including the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic have begun prescribing it to patients off-label for depression.
The American Psychiatric Association has created a task force that is studying its use and creating a potential protocol for administering it to people suffering from treatment-resistant depression.
Causes of Depression
Depression is not caused by one particular incident or malady; rather, it is a combination of various factors that can result in the condition. As much as people would like to think that depression is something that you can “just snap out of”, unfortunately, you simply can’t.
Depression is an actual medical ailment that is normally the result of a combination of hormonal imbalances, psychological issues, and even environmental causes.
Treatment for Depression
Like any physical illness, depression can be treated. With the right combination of medication, psychotherapy or more, most people can feel much better. Most people respond well to treatment.
Common treatment for depression includes a combination of the following:
- Medication, Antidepressants
- Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
- Alternative Medicine, Supplements
- Lifestyle changes
Ketamine, especially when used alongside other treatment options, can have amazing results to speed up the efficacy of the treatment.