Each year in the United States, more than 16 million adults experience at least one episode of major depression, but are unable to get long-term relief from their condition with antidepressant medications. Dr. Shawn Roofian, director of the Ketamine Medical Institute, with three locations in the Los Angeles area, is an expert at treating depression through ketamine therapy to help men and women get relief when other medications fail. Call one of the offices in Beverly Hills, Tarzana, or Chula Vista, or schedule a consultation online.
Many adults experience temporary sadness or feelings of extreme grief during difficult times in life, but these emotions usually improve over time. However, for those suffering from major depression, they may feel overwhelming sadness and a loss of interest in activities for an extended period of time. If left untreated, major depression can lead to a host of emotional and physical symptoms and complications, including increased drug abuse and suicide risk.
What are the signs of depression?
In addition to extreme sadness that doesn’t go away, or a lack of interest in activities that used to bring you pleasure, other symptoms of depression include:
Anger or irritability over minor events
Thoughts of ending your life
Insomnia or extreme fatigue
Changes in appetite
Fixation on difficulties and things going wrong in the past
Physical aches and pains
How is depression treated?
In most cases, doctors prescribe antidepressant medications in combination with psychological counseling to treat depressive disorders. All too often, though, this approach isn’t effective long-term, or at all. Or, you may need to keep taking different medications to get results.
Antidepressants often have unpleasant physical side effects and usually have to be taken over a long period of time since they don’t work immediately. If that’s the case for you, and you’re unable to get the kind of relief you anticipated, ketamine therapy for depression may be the optimal solution.
How does ketamine treat depression?
One of the biggest advantages of ketamine for depression is that Dr. Roofian delivers the medication intravenously, so it works quickly — often in a matter of hours. Since ketamine works differently from traditional forms of antidepressant medications, many women and men respond to the treatment better, and it’s therefore more effective. If you’re suffering from depression, feeling better faster is an outstanding benefit of ketamine infusion therapy.
How does ketamine infusion therapy work?
Since everyone is different, Dr. Roofian and his expert medical team create a specific dose of ketamine solution and create a treatment protocol that’s best for you. The medication slowly enters your bloodstream intravenously over several hours. The ketamine works with receptors in your brain to “reboot” your system to improve your mood.
Typically, after a ketamine infusion therapy session, you feel the positive effects of the medication. Your family and friends may even notice significant changes in your mood and behavior. After about three ketamine treatments for depression, you’ll know if it’s producing the desired results.
If you’re battling depression and are not getting the benefits you had hoped for, ketamine infusion therapy may be right for you. Call one of the Los Angeles-area offices, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Roofian using the online system.