Depression is even more of a struggle when treatment isn’t working for a person. There are alternative treatments available, though, and we provide a very promising one here at Bay Area Ketamine Center. The treatment is ketamine therapy. It could work very well for you, and to understand how it works, it’s necessary to understand a bit more about how depression works. Let’s talk about the condition and ketamine for depression.
What is the number one cause of depression?
Depression is very complex, and researchers don’t know exactly what causes it. There are a number of factors involved, though, and these factors may lead to or complicate the condition. For instance, a person may experience depression after a life-changing event like a death in their family. Another person might have a family history of depression, so genetics may be a factor. It’s also common for a patient to have no idea what could have caused their depression. There may be one or more of many possible factors involved, like:
- Conflicts with other people
- A loss of a loved one
- A history of being abused
- Social isolation
- Serious illnesses
- Substance abuse
- Certain medications
- And others
What are the types of depression?
There are actually several different types of depression, each with different factors involved. Because there are different types and different factors, correct diagnosis and the right treatment really matter. The wrong treatment may be ineffective for the patient. The different types of depression are:
- Major depression, also called major depressive disorder
- Persistent depressive disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder
- Psychotic depression
- Postpartum depression
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
- Atypical depression
- ‘Situational’ depression
What are the levels of depression?
A person might simply have mild bouts of sadness, or they might have overwhelming emotions that may even lead to suicidal thoughts. These issues require professional attention, and different treatments are available. It’s possible for a person to have a range of feelings and others symptoms like:
- Constant feelings of sadness or emptiness
- A lack of hope
- Low energy
- Difficulties with sleep
- Suicidal thoughts
- And others
How does ketamine help?
With ketamine infusion therapy, a board-certified anesthesiologist administers ketamine intravenously for a patient. Several infusions are done over several weeks. The therapy may repair the damage cortisol and other stress hormones do to the brain during bouts of depression. A patient’s symptoms can be relieved greatly. There are some risks involved with treatment, but for many patients, the possible benefits outweigh the risks. It may be that ketamine therapy is precisely the treatment you need.
At Bay Area Ketamine Center, our board-certified anesthesiologist is Dr. Paul Wender. The doctor has conducted extensive research into ketamine treatment for depression and other conditions like anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He would be very happy to tell you everything else you’d like to know about depression and treatment with ketamine therapy.
Do you offer ketamine for depression near Sunnyvale, CA?
Yes, Bay Area Ketamine Center offers ketamine therapy near you. We’re located over at 746 Altos Oaks Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024, and we’re available to you Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5