Ketamine for Depression and Eating Disorders

Treatments for Depression

There are more than 3 million cases of depression in the US every year, and it’s estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder. Anti-depressant drugs aren’t always effective. If you’re not getting any relief from traditional treatments, then treatments involving ketamine may provide you hope.

Conditions That Can Be Treated by Ketamine

Many research and clinical data show that ketamine is useful for certain conditions, including:

  • Severe depression
  • Severe PTSD
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Severe bipolar disorders
  • Severe anxiety disorders
  • Drug addiction rehabilitation
  • RSD or CRPS
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Cancer pain syndrome

The list of physical and mental health conditions ketamine therapies may be used for is surprisingly long because of its unique effects on the nervous system, which may benefit people with different illnesses.

Ketamine for Depression

While there are many available traditional treatments for depression, they don’t take effect immediately. They need to build in the system before you feel any positive impact. Additionally, about a third of patients do not find relief from their symptoms using these drugs. So, depression remains a significant issue in the U.S.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) work by blocking the reabsorption of serotonin. Ketamine, on the other hand, rebalances a different set of receptors and neurotransmitters, which helps a vast majority of patients who are resistant to anti-depressants experience relief from their symptoms.

Ketamine for Eating Disorders

Ketamine infusion therapy offers hope for those suffering from an eating disorder, especially when SSRIs are proven ineffective. It’s also an excellent alternative when patients show extreme side effects to traditional SSRIs. When administered directly into the bloodstream in very low doses via IV, ketamine shows an immediate effect on the brain’s chemistry. IV ketamine infusion therapy, on its own, has already been proven to be an effective way to break the cycle of obsessive-compulsive behavior and thoughts that are often the root cause of many eating disorders. However, if it is administered in a series of treatments, coupled with supervised eating, therapy, and other medications (as appropriate), it shows great promise for helping individuals with eating disorders get back to healthier eating habits.

Concluding Thoughts

Depression is a very real problem and has already taken many lives. If you or someone you know is not responding well to anti-depressants, a visit to Ketamine Infusion Centers might be what you need. Our ketamine therapy provides effective treatments for depression in a safe clinical environment in Phoenix. Contact us for more details.

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