You’ve tried everything you’re aware of to overcome your depression. You’ve dragged yourself out of bed to work out. You’ve taken over-the-counter nutritional supplements. You’ve taken prescription anti-depressants. If you can’t overcome your depression with traditional methods, ketamine therapy at Thrive Wellness Now in Oak Brook, IL may be able to help.
Can Ketamine Therapy Help Improve Mental Health?
Yes, ketamine therapy can help improve mental health. In fact, it is so effective that it is often used when all other treatment methods have failed.
How Many Sessions Do I Need to Improve My Depression?
You will start to feel better as soon as your first session is complete. You will notice that the colors of the world around you look brighter. You will feel like a weight has been removed from your shoulders. However, a single session is not enough to eliminate all of the symptoms of depression, like a disinterest in eating, lethargy and apathy. To treat your depression fully, you need up to 10 treatment sessions.
Keep in mind, depression can recur. You may need an annual booster treatment to continue beating your depression. If you start to notice the symptoms of depression again, a single maintenance session should be enough to maintain the antidepressant effects of the therapy for many more months. It is also important to note that you may never need a maintenance session. Everyone has a unique experience with depression and ketamine therapy.
How Should I Prepare for This Therapy?
To prepare for this therapy, your mind and body need to be cleansed. Cleanse your body by abstaining from chemicals that affect your mood, like THC, alcohol and nicotine. Cleanse your mind by doing your best to avoid violence in movies and music and on TV. Clearing your mind is incredibly hard when you’re depressed but do your best to arrive at your therapy session with a blank slate.
Your mind may not be a complete blank slate. However, the closer it is to one, the more effective the results of your treatment will be. Other things you can do to prepare your mind for treatment include meditation and journaling in the weeks leading up to your session.
What Should I Expect During My Therapy Session?
Ketamine therapy is used intravenously to treat major depressive disorder. To ensure you get the appropriate dose of the medication, we will need to weigh you. The dose effects how long your treatment will take. However, the average session only takes around 45 to 60 minutes. We urge you to consider wearing a comfy t-shirt or polo to your therapy session so we can easily access your arm to administer the drug and monitor your vitals.
You should expect to feel completely comfortable during your intravenous therapy session. We can give you a numbing medication if you are leery of needles. Each therapy session is conducted in a comfortable room.
What Should I Do if I Feel Anxious About This Therapy?
If the thought of starting an intravenous therapy is making you feel nervous, know you’re not alone. It is common to feel anxious about starting a new therapy. However, you should rest assured that you will remain comfortable throughout your treatment and the medication is both safe and effective. Let us know during your initial consultation about any sedatives or anti-anxiety medications you are thinking about taking to combat your nerves.
You are free to take something to calm your mind if the drug you are considering if there are no contraindications with your therapy. Furthermore, your treatment will be performed in a private room. Let us know during your initial evaluation if you would like a relative to accompany you during your treatment. The presence of a relative may put your mind at ease so you get the most out of treatment. The room is dimly lit and you may also ask for relaxing music.
What Should I Expect After My Session Is Over?
What sets ketamine infusions apart from traditional antidepressants is you can enjoy the effects of the therapy immediately. SSRIs and other types of depression treatments, if they are effective at all, take at least a month to start working. You will feel physically sedated as your ketamine infusion starts. Once this effect wears off, you will immediately feel lighter.
Many people can’t imagine what a lack of depression feels like. Nonetheless, you will not forget the feeling quickly once your therapy session is over. The ketamine will remain in your nervous system for a few hours. Throughout this time, you will continue to feel better.
How to Take Care of Yourself After Your Therapy Session
Don’t be surprised if you feel drowsy after your therapy session. Drowsiness is a perfectly normal response to a ketamine infusion because ketamine is physically sedating. Don’t be concerned if you feel like you want to take a nap once your session is over. We strongly recommend listening to your mind and body once your session is over. If you feel sleepy, ask your supervisor if you can take the rest of the day off and sleep or otherwise relax.
If you can’t take the rest of the day off from work, eat a nutritious meal to give you enough energy to get through the rest of the day. If you need to be energized quickly, feel free to eat fast carbs unless you have a medical reason to avoid quick carbs. Regardless of what nutritious meal you think would be ideal for you, make sure it is well-balanced. Don’t forget to include soluble and insoluble fiber and lean protein.
There are many misconceptions about ketamine. One common misconception is that ketamine began as a street drug. The truth is ketamine has had medical applications since the 1960s, when it was used as an anesthetic for soldiers injured in Vietnam. Ketamine has been FDA-approved since 1970 and, over 50 years later, is commonly used to ease lower back pain safely and effectively.
In the future, ketamine infusions will be used to treat both acute and chronic pain. The necessary dosage to alleviate pain is much smaller than the necessary dosage to combat depression. Due to the tiny dosage required to ease pain, it will be affordable to everyone irrespective of who provides them with health insurance. Additionally, it obviates the necessity of addictive, unsafe painkillers.
One day, the use of ketamine infusions to combat depression may be commonplace. However, it is hard to say whether it will become a primary treatment method or continue to be used to treat the most severe cases. Another foreseeable alternative is using ketamine infusions to ease depressive symptoms during the four to six weeks it takes SSRIs to work.
Major Depressive Disorder
It’s important to understand that the only type of depression ketamine is currently proven to treat is major depressive disorder. Thus, to benefit from ketamine infusions, you must suffer from major depressive disorder. Here are some of the most common signs of this condition:
- Nighttime restlessness
- Sleep disorders, like excessive sleep or insomnia
- Irritability and outbursts of frustration and anger
- Chronic fatigue
- Unwanted weight loss
- Unexplained weight gain
- Struggling to complete daily tasks, like brushing your hair or teeth
- Slowed speech
- Impaired cognitive function
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Suicidal ideations
- Idiopathic pain
The Diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder
Numerous testing methods exist to diagnose major depressive disorder, sometimes called MDD. Regardless of the mental health professional you visit to get a diagnosis for your condition, the process will begin with talking about the symptoms that made you think you have MDD. If you think you suffer from MDD because you have several of the aforementioned signs, you may benefit from journaling about your experiences.
For instance, you may benefit from noting when you could only eat a few bites of dinner or couldn’t wash your face before work. You may need to provide a blood sample to assess the functionality of your thyroid or look for other signs of what is causing your condition. If it is possible your major depressive disorder was triggered by imbalanced hormones, your hormone serum levels may also be evaluated.
What Triggers MDD
There are many potential MDD triggers. The most significant risk factor of developing MDD is having a parent with the condition. Women who do not have a parent with MDD most often suffer from this disorder due to imbalanced hormone levels.
For instance, women often experience depression due to low estrogen levels caused by pregnancy or hypothyroidism. Other potential triggers for major depressive disorder include a change in your brain’s physical structure and a change in the biochemical reactions that occur in your brain.
What Are Some Other Risk Factors of Developing MDD?
Besides having a parent with MDD, the most significant risk factor for developing this debilitating disorder is your age. This disorder is usually diagnosed between the ages of 14 and 39. Adolescents are diagnosed with this condition because the imbalanced serum hormone levels that occur during puberty trigger the condition. Women are also highly likely to develop major depressive disorder if they have given birth due to the extreme hormone fluctuations of pregnancy.
If there is alcoholism, bipolar disorder or suicide in your family history, there may have been undiagnosed major depressive disorder and you are at a higher risk of developing the condition than you may think. Additionally, if you were raised in a conservative home and have a sexual orientation that is not traditional, major depressive disorder may be triggered. Other risk factors of developing major depressive disorder include:
- Abuse that is physical or financial in nature
- Abuse that is sexual or emotional in nature
- A pessimistic worldview
- Being raised by controlling parents
- Being raised below the poverty line
- Having low self-esteem
What if I Don’t Seek Treatment for My Major Depressive Disorder?
There are many potential risks of not seeking treatment for major depressive disorder. For example, some days, the condition can be so debilitating that you can’t drag yourself out of bed for work. You may lose your job and health insurance. You may also lose relationships or become addicted to mood-altering substances.
Learn More About the Benefits of Ketamine for Major Depressive Disorder Today
Don’t lose hope if traditional depression treatment methods have failed you. Ketamine therapy can treat your depression in just a few convenient sessions and give you back your life. To learn more about how ketamine can treat your major depressive disorder, contact us now at Thrive Wellness Now in Oak Brook, IL to schedule an appointment.