Depression is one of the leading mental health problems in the United States, but about one-third of patients don’t experience any symptom relief with traditional treatment options. At Mullica Hill Advanced Therapies, Rick Pescatore, DO, FAAEM, and Joseph Cesarine, MD, FAAEM, offer low-dose ketamine infusions as an alternative to traditional depression treatments. Based in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, the team offers personalized ketamine treatments to help severe, medication-resistant depression. Learn more today by scheduling a consultation online or by phone.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Symptoms of depression can vary depending on the severity of your condition and any other psychiatric or health conditions you may experience. Common symptoms of depression include:
Since depression is a spectrum and can manifest in many ways, you may experience other symptoms that aren’t listed. A thorough depression screening and physical exam from the team can help you better understand your condition and treatment options.
Depression can be caused by certain situations in your life — such as a recent job loss, death of a loved one, or major illness — or by an imbalance of mood-stabilizing chemicals in your brain. Depression is not your fault and isn’t a reflection of your ability to cope in difficult situations.
At Mullica Hill Advanced Therapies, the team understands the effect of severe depression on your life and overall health. They don’t stigmatize the condition and instead focus on constructive and effective ways to help you.
Traditional treatments for depression include psychotherapy and medications, or a combination of the two. In many cases, you may begin with a trial of care in order to determine what works best for you. You may also require different types of medications depending on your symptoms and how your body metabolizes medications. Common types of antidepressant medications include:
In most cases, antidepressants take two to four weeks to begin working. If you’ve tried these medications or psychotherapy without success or you’re experiencing severe depression — along with thoughts of suicide — treatment with low-dose ketamine may be able to give you immediate relief so you can start to feel better more quickly.
Ketamine is primarily used as an analgesic medicine in emergency medicine, however, it also has an effect on certain brain receptors that control pain and mood. Ketamine blocks the gamma aminobutyric (GABA) and glutamate receptors in your brain in order to balance neurotransmitters and receptor chemicals in your brain. SSRIs function similarly, but work on different receptors.
In studies of ketamine, the medication provided a significantly faster improvement in depression symptoms and severity after a single dose compared to medications that can take weeks or months to become effective. The antidepressant effect of ketamine can also last weeks after only two or three doses, making it a longer lasting treatment option as well.
Find out if ketamine can help with your depression symptoms by visiting Mullica Hill Advanced Therapies. To schedule your visit, call or click now.