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Ketamine and Depression: How it works – Yale Medicine explains
For more information on Ketamine or #YaleMedicine, visit: https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/ketamine-depression. Depression is one of the most common and most debilitating mental health disorders, affecting some 17 million adults in the US. It also continues to be a misunderstood, often hard-to-treat illness. Researchers have worked for decades …
A truly holistic approach
With the treatment of mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and PTSD, a holistic approach is the key to sustaining relief.
Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy works on many levels:
Medicine that changes your mind
We’re beings that live in our mind and body. Our state of mind plays a huge part in how we think, feel, and interact with the world.
Current approaches to treating depression and anxiety, such as antidepressants, aren’t working. They can numb us to the world and don’t work for most people.
Psychedelic therapies provide us with an avenue for healing that goes beyond medicine, working holistically to help you discover compassion for yourself, feel profound joy and love your life again.
We designed this program for those who:
Experience moderate to severe or treatment-resistant conditions.
Favor a one-on-one treatment experience.
Prefer to experience ketamine exploration in a fully supported environment.
Require or feel more comfortable with additional medical and therapeutic support.
For those with mild to moderate mental health challenges or those that require less hands-on support, we also offer a hybrid program that allows you to choose between in-person and at-home sessions.
In person program
Your Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) treatment plan is personalized to help you achieve your unique outcomes. Whether you want to discover self-love, find hope and purpose, heal from trauma, or become more connected in certain aspects of your life, our treatment can help you to feel better, for longer.
We’ve designed our program for those looking for help with depression, PTSD, anxiety and trauma.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ketamine is an anesthetic. It is a preferred choice in operating rooms and clinical settings today due to its excellent safety profile. First approved by the US Food & Drug Administration in 1970, Ketamine was originally brought to market as a safer alternative to existing anesthetics.
At the start of the 21st century, ketamine was found to be remarkably effective as an antidepressant when administered in low doses.
Unlike traditional antidepressants which can take weeks to make an impact, Ketamine can rapidly reduce depressive symptoms within two hours of administration, and this relief can be sustained for up to two weeksfollowing just a single dose.
Ketamine triggers neuroplasticity (a state when your brain can more easily learn, change and adapt), allowing the brain to make new connections and disconnect from old patterns of thinking, which contribute to mental health symptoms. This creates a temporary window for establishing new habits, thought patterns, and perceptions.
Although ketamine works on different parts of the brain than classic psychedelics like psilocybin, the experience on ketamine can be very similar.
Ketamine has been used safely as an anesthetic for over 50 years at doses much higher than we use at NuVista Psychedelic Assisted Therapy.
As with any drug, if misused or abused, there can be risks associated with ketamine the harm to hose who use it and the people around them is actually lower than the commonly used recreational drugs such as alcohol, tobacco and cannabis.
When taken infrequently under clinical supervision, the risks for addiction and adverse reactions are extremely low, and the potential for harm is greatly minimized.
Based on regional regulations, clients will either consume a ketamine lozenge that dissolves under the tongue or receive ketamine through an IV.
In both cases, the medicine is prescribed and administered by a healthcare professional.
In our clinics, the medical and therapeutic teams are there to support clients through their ketamine experience.
A sense of sacredness, a deeply felt positive mood, an transcendence of space and time, and ineffability – the core components of a mystical experience – all apply to a ketamine exploration. However, ketamine’s effect is highly personal and depends on a person’s mindset and the setting of their experience.
Generally, clients report:
- Sense of calm
- Feelings of awe or joy
- Tingling sensations
- Slightly elevated heart rate
- Altered sense of time and space
- In higher doses, reduced awareness of the physical body or “out of body” experience
The most common reported side effect is nausea, which is felt in less than 5% of people. To minimize this, we ask our clients to fast beforehand. We can also administer anti-nausea medication before and during your session to reduce any discomfort.
Other side effects, which are temporary and only arise in 10% of people, are:
- Elevated heart rate
- Drowsiness, light-headedness, dizziness
- Increased blood pressure