An Innovative Holistic Approach to Mental Health Management
Ketamine was once used mainly as an anesthetic agent in operating rooms, but now is gaining ground as a promising new approach for mental health conditions. It can rapidly reduce suicidality and relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Ketamine is believed to block the NMDA receptors and activate AMPA receptors in the brain, which leads to synaptogenesis – the release of molecules that help neurons to communicate with each other. The process affects mood, thought patterns, and cognition. Ketamine also reduces signals involved in inflammation which has been linked to mood disorders.
People usually respond to ketamine treatment within one to three infusions. If a person has no response at all, further infusions are unlikely to help, therefore, other treatments are encouraged. People who experience relief from depression after ketamine therapy are likely to extend these positive effects if the treatment is repeated several more times. The additional sessions can help prolong the effects of ketamine.