Understanding Treatment-Resistant Depression

If you’re struggling with depression symptoms that aren’t getting better with treatment, you may have what’s known as treatment-resistant depression.

The experienced medical team at Klarity Clinic understands how difficult it can be with chronic depression, especially when your treatments are failing to provide relief. They specialize in ketamine infusion therapy, a revolutionary treatment that can keep your symptoms under control and enhance your quality of life.

An overview of treatment-resistant depression

Depression is a mental health disorder that causes you to feel persistent feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and guilt. These symptoms are often severe enough to disrupt your normal routine and if left untreated, can result in self-harm and thoughts or actions of suicide.

Although many people benefit from antidepressant medications and psychotherapy to ease symptoms of depression, not all with a depressive disorder respond to traditional treatments. This resistance to treatment may be linked to your genetic background, your unique psychology, and your general health.

Women may be at higher risk for developing treatment-resistant depression than men, especially as they get older. You may also be more likely to develop this type of depression if you have underlying medical issues, including a thyroid disorder, sleep disorder, or a chronic pain condition.

Treatment-resistant depression is also common among those who misuse drugs or have an eating disorder.

Overcoming treatment-resistant depression with ketamine

Your condition may be referred to as treatment-resistant depression, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t help available. The goal of your new treatment plan is to find out what will work outside of traditional medications and therapies.

At Klarity Clinic, ketamine infusion therapy is available to treat those who aren’t finding relief with antidepressant medications. Ketamine works by quickly increasing levels of glutamate in your brain. Glutamate is the primary brain neurotransmitter that’s responsible for normal brain function.

Ketamine is also effective at repairing damaged neural connections or stimulating the growth of new connections to assist with the healing of your brain.

What to expect from ketamine infusion therapy

A typical treatment for ketamine infusion therapy for treatment-resistant depression involves a series of six intravenous ketamine infusions over two weeks. These ketamine doses are low, and your Klarity Clinic provider may combine the medication with nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), a coenzyme that supports chemical reactions in your cells.

NAD+ has many benefits for your general health in addition to treating depression. The coenzyme repairs your DNA, regulates your circadian rhythm to help you fall asleep, and supports your body’s stress response. Treatment with NAD+ also provides you with more energy to help you overcome the fatigue that’s common with depression.

Ketamine infusion therapy can quickly ease symptoms of treatment-resistant depression and keep you in control of your condition in the long-term. The team at Klarity Clinic works closely with you to monitor your results and protect your physical and mental health.

If you aren’t finding relief of chronic depressive symptoms with medications and other therapies, contact the Klarity Clinic office nearest you by phone or through the online booking system to learn more about the benefits of ketamine infusion therapy. 

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