The weight of depression can feel impossible to lift on your own. In fact, many people are so overwhelmed by depression symptoms, they don’t even realize how much they are struggling until their life spirals out of control.
At Klarity Clinic, ketamine infusion services are available to treat depression when traditional medications aren’t working well. Our experienced ketamine specialists can determine if you’re a candidate for treatment based on the severity of your symptoms and your overall health.
Why you might feel depressed
Depression is a mental health disorder that causes persistent feelings of hopelessness, unworthiness, and guilt.
The root cause of depression is still unclear, but you may be at increased risk for depression if you have a family history of the disorder. Other contributing factors to depression can include:
- Low self-esteem
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Brain chemistry differences
- Hormone imbalance
- Underlying medical conditions
- Stress and other environmental factors
If you have anxiety or other mental health conditions, you may be more likely to have depression too.
Warning signs of depression
Those diagnosed with depression have symptoms that last for two weeks or more and have a noticeable effect on their quality of life.
In addition to hopelessness and worthlessness, people with depression may experience:
- Sleep disturbances
- Persistent fatigue
- Concentration difficulties
- A loss of interest in activities
Untreated depression can also cause thoughts or actions of self-harm or suicide. If you’re thinking about harming yourself or others, it's important that you get immediate medical attention by calling 911 or by going to the nearest emergency room.
Often, treatment plans for depression include a combination of antidepressant medications and psychological counseling. However, in some people, these strategies aren’t enough to relieve their symptoms in the long term, which can lead to treatment-resistant depression.
When your depression treatment isn’t working
If you’ve been using oral medications to treat your depression but you still feel persistent sadness or other symptoms that affect your life, it may be time to try ketamine infusion therapy.
Ketamine is traditionally used as a surgical anesthetic. However, in smaller doses, the medication can increase levels of glutamate, the largest neurotransmitter in your brain, to address treatment-resistant depression.
Increasing glutamate helps regulate brain function. Ketamine is also effective at stimulating the repair or the growth of new neural connections, so your brain can heal itself. Typically, you can expect to receive a series of six infusions of ketamine in a two-week period to achieve long-lasting symptom relief.
You should still follow through with psychological counseling to optimize your results. Our team may also recommend infusions of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) to enhance the results of your ketamine therapy.
More about NAD+ infusions
NAD is already found in your body and is responsible for regulating your body’s stress response and replenishing your energy.
When you’re experiencing symptoms of depression or if you abuse alcohol or drugs, your levels of NAD can become depleted.
By infusing NAD+ into your bloodstream, you can enjoy increased energy and an enhanced sense of well-being.
If you’re limited by persistent depression, call the Klarity Clinic office near you to find out if you’re a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy. You can also book an appointment online today.