Losing an interest in life and the things you enjoy doing may indicate depression. If you’re struggling with this serious health concern, know there is help. Medications and talk therapies are available, but they are not effective in some situations, resulting in chronic treatment-resistant depression. At KetaMed Health & Wellness in Rye Brook, New York, Dr. Douglas Kornreich offers innovative treatments designed to provide relief of treatment-resistant depression. Contact the office today to schedule your appointment, and get back to feeling like yourself again.
Depression is a medical illness affecting how you feel and think. Chronic feelings of sadness or low mood lasting for two weeks or more can indicate depression. It interferes with normal activities and can result in suicidal ideations.
People struggling with depression may have difficulty sleeping, low appetite, and an inability to concentrate and make decisions. Continually feeling sad and lacking energy leads to intense feelings of guilt and unworthiness.
There are many causes of depression, some related to changes or dysfunction in the brain. Several factors may trigger it, including family history, and it occurs in both males and females of any age. Common triggers for depressive episodes may include:
Twenty years ago, modern medicine addressed depression with Prozac. While Prozac and similar selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were revolutionary, they worked slowly and with mixed effects, sometimes needing dosage and medication adjustments on a regular basis.
Those suffering from treatment-resistant depression spend weeks waiting for relief, only to find that SSRI’s and other medications don’t work for them.
Ketamine affects an entirely different neurotransmitter system, providing faster relief for chronic depressive patients who haven’t had successful treatment with SSRI’s and other antidepressants.
A single infusion of Ketamine can work as quickly as one hour after treatment. With a series of six treatments over two weeks, many patients have found prolonged relief from treatment-resistant depression.* A single infusion is administered every three to four months for maintenance.
This relief of symptoms allows a window of opportunity, free from symptoms of depression, to help employ wellness strategies, such as exercise, nutrition, psychotherapy, and other coping mechanisms to prevent the return of depressive symptoms.
* Individual results vary.