Treatment For Depression

Depression is a debilitating mental disorder, affecting over 17 million Americans in 2017. For those who suffer from the disorder, the feeling of being overwhelmed by routine tasks and struggling to find enjoyment in day-to-day activities is all too familiar. When selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other antidepressant medications fail to provide desired results, it can begin to feel like no solution is available.

At Florida Mind Health Center, a ketamine treatment center in Gainesville, FL, we utilize ketamine infusion therapy as a supplemental solution for managing and overcoming mood disorders. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how this rapidly-emerging treatment can begin improving your mood.

Ketamine & Depression

Ketamine is most widely known for its anesthetic and pain-relieving properties. In recent years, the clinical application for ketamine has been shown to go well beyond this standard use to be an effective depression treatment in patients who have found other medications to be ineffective. During a ketamine infusion, ketamine binds to the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) glutamate receptors, blocking the receptors’ ability to communicate with other parts of the brain. This prompts the brain to restore the connections that had previously degraded, allowing patients to experience improvements in their mood in as little as one treatment session. An added benefit of using ketamine for depression is the lack of rebound — while re-emerging symptoms can occur with most modern SSRIs, ketamine works by repairing neural networks throughout the body, so even after the ketamine has left your system, the effects of treatment are still felt.

Depression Treatment In Gainesville, FL

Unlike with other mood treatments, ketamine therapy is fast acting, has minimal side effects, and requires small, infrequent doses to prove effective. To provide optimal treatment to all our guests, our ketamine therapy clinic provides a relaxed environment and personalized treatment plans based on individual needs and current medications. Many patients have found that an initial treatment is enough to break them out of their persistent depressive state — providing a first step as they work towards overcoming their mood disorder. To learn more about how ketamine infusion for depression can help treat your mood disorder, contact us today.