If you, or a loved one, suffers from depression, you are not alone! The World Health Organization (WHO) recently stated that “depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.” (World Health Organization (2018). Retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression)
Sadness and anxiety can affect any person as a result of outer or inner conditions that cause one to feel a sense of loss or threat of loss. According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year, and one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can set in at any time, but will typically first appear during the late teens to mid-20s. Also, medical conditions (e.g., severe disease symptoms, thyroid problems, a brain tumor or vitamin deficiency) can mimic symptoms of depression so it is important to consider possible medical causes. (American Psychiatric Association (2017). Retrieved from https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression)
Symptoms persisting for more than two weeks may result in a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder, a medical illness that continually degrades how the person feels, the way he/she thinks and behaves. Because the human system is so interdependent, prolonged feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in life can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at an optimal level.
Physical symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
- Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Why are Some Doctors and Therapists So Excited about Ketamine?
Patients receiving low-dose Ketamine treatments report a release from association with negative emotions and perceptions that gripped them previously. Because the treatment is usually delivered intravenously, response is rapid, and does not require a buildup in the system (oral medication) or a cognitive agreement, as in the case of interactive therapy. Release from association allows the patient to break their focus on the negative programs they had been running, experience the freedom to focus in a different direction, and remember how good it feels to be detached from sadness.
Physician-supervised Ketamine treatment can by-pass the patient’s cognitive blocks and emotional resistance, creating a reset point not unlike rebooting a computer that has gotten into an infinite loop. A reboot does not change the computer, or its programs, it simply allows the computer to halt a process and begin again with a fresh data set.
Patients who are able to feel better, to escape the grip of chronic depression, even for a few hours or days, can interrupt helpless feelings, hopelessness, and even suicidal thoughts. This can interrupt self-destructive behavior, opening a door in a dark room, letting the light shine in, and beckoning the patient on a journey to recovery.
At Integrative Medical Centers (IMC), we are dedicated to providing our patients with the most effective and empowering tools and processes for healing.
The positive feedback we receive from our patients leads us to believe that our physician-supervised Ketamine Therapy treatments are making a critical difference in the lives of patients who suffer from depression, and the lives of their families and caregivers. If you would like more information about this life-changing depression therapy, please contact our office at 954-306-6497 and make an appointment to see the doctor.