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Ketamine for Depression Treatment

The Relief You've Been Searching For

Fast & Efficient Depression Treatment in St. Cloud, MN

Are you looking for anxiety treatment in Waite Park, St. Cloud, and surrounding areas? At Aurora Mental Health and Wellness, we are proud to offer the latest mental health treatments available. In addition to high levels of safety standards and patient care, we utilize ketamine infusion therapy for the treatment of anxiety, as well as other mental health conditions including depression, and PTSD.

From August 2020–to February 2021, the percentage of adults with recent symptoms of an anxiety or a depressive disorder increased from 36.4% to 41.5%, and the percentage of those reporting unmet mental health care needs increased from 9.2% to 11.7%.

If you have anxiety that has not responded to conventional prescription medications and therapy treatments, you don’t need to lose hope in seeking treatment. Ketamine treatment for anxiety can greatly improve your general health and enable you to make constructive improvements in your work, socializing, as well as relationships.

How Does Ketamine Help Treat Depression?

Scientists believe that ketamine infusions help depression symptoms by rapidly boosting the activity of glutamate, a neurotransmitter inside the brain’s frontal cortex, while also allowing new pathways to form in the same area.

The rapid onset of ketamine’s antidepressant effect occurs because ketamine bypasses the conventional serotonin path, instead switching on glutamate.

This is remarkably different from conventional antidepressants, which initially boost serotonin activity levels in several different areas of the brain to then ultimately affect glutamate. This process can take weeks or even months, while ketamine infusions can provide rapid relief from depression symptoms.

What Are The Symptoms of Depression?

Depressed woman gets ketamine infusions

Some patients may only encounter a depressive episode once in life, but for most, depression will linger and bring on many episodes over the course of one’s life. During these depressive episodes, symptoms can resemble:

  • Persistent feelings of hopelessness or hollowness
  • Unexplained physical aches, such as headaches or backaches
  • Feelings of sadness
  • Frequent spells of tearfulness
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Angry outbursts
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in appetite (either weight loss or weight gain)

Are There Any Adverse Side Effects Of Ketamine?

As a new treatment option for depression, ketamine does have a few minor side effects. These can include a dream-like feeling, disrupted vision, lightheadedness, nausea, or some slight anxious feelings after treatment.

Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication utilized in “off-label” use for infusion therapy. Off-label use indicates that it is a treatment that the FDA did not initially authorize. The FDA approves prescription medications only for specific uses, but most medications at some point develop off-label uses as a result of the clinical experience that develops with time.

As a good example, the FDA authorized the medication Prazosin to treat hypertension in 1976, but it is now mainly used for the treatment of nightmares in individuals with PTSD, a use that was not at first approved.

The Ketamine Infusion Process

During treatment, we go above and beyond to make sure all of our patients feel as comfortable as possible in their own private rooms. Infusions typically last 45-60 minutes for mood disorders.

A number of our patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this dissociation effect is what aids with your treatment and delivers a positive response to ketamine therapy.

These are all ordinary components of the treatment. You will always remain in a safe atmosphere with our team there to monitor you and be readily available during your infusion.

Can Ketamine Help With Your Depression?

Woman after ketamine treatment for depression minnesota

Are you ready to take back control of your life? Are you tired of trying one medication after the other to only be left with those same feelings of depression? Then ketamine infusions might be an excellent option for you.

Contact Aurora Mental Health & wellness to request your consultation and learn more about how the best new depression treatment in Waite Park and St. Cloud, MN, can change your life.

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