Treatment Resistant Depression
Treatment Resistant Depression Q & AAlleviant Health Centers
What is a depressive disorder?
Major depressive disorder, commonly known as simply depression, is a mood disorder that has a major impact on your ability to function in your everyday life. Depression is a catchall term for several mood disorders, including:
- Persistent depressive disorder: depression that lasts for two years or more
- Perinatal depression: major depression that strikes women during and after pregnancy
- Psychotic depression: depression accompanied by psychosis
- Seasonal affective disorder: depression that occurs during months with less daylight
- Bipolar disorder: not a depressive disorder itself, but includes periods of depression
What are the symptoms of depression?
No matter what type of depression you suffer from, the symptoms that accompany each disorder are similar and include:
- Feeling sad or anxious
- Sleep issues
- Feeling hopeless
- Loss of interest in most activities
- Difficulty with cognitive functions
- Loss of appetite
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
- Generalized aches and pains
Why is depression difficult to treat?
Treating depression has been an inexact science, made all the more complicated by the fact that no one test offers a conclusive diagnosis. Since definitive diagnosis is almost impossible, treatment is largely hit or miss.
Typically, mental health professionals turn to numerous drugs designed to alter your brain’s chemistry. All the while, the patient lives under the shadow of depression.
How does ketamine help with depressive disorders?
Ketamine burst onto the scene as a treatment for depression in 2000 after a Yale University study showed that delivered in controlled amounts, ketamine provides instant relief from depressive symptoms for a significant number of patients.
In addition to the immediate relief, the ketamine treatments allow your brain to rewire itself by blocking certain neural pathways, forcing your brain to create new ones.
Since 2000, mental health professionals are increasingly turning to ketamine treatments for effective and immediate results that afford patients relief from symptoms long enough to seek more permanent solutions.
To find out whether ketamine-infused IV treatments are right for you, call Alleviant Health Centers or book an appointment online.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!
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