Depression is a common mental health disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest or pleasure in activities. It may also involve physical symptoms, such as changes in appetite and sleep patterns.
Signs and Symptoms
Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, lethargy, difficulty sleeping or excessive sleeping, changes in appetite and weight, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of death or suicide.
John has lost interest in his hobbies and is constantly feeling down. He is having difficulty sleeping and has lost his appetite. These symptoms have persisted for more than two weeks.
Psychotherapy (talk therapy), antidepressant medications, lifestyle changes (like regular exercise and a healthy diet), and for severe or treatment-resistant depression, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) or Ketamine therapy can be used.
Why choose the treatment?
Evidence shows that this multi-faceted approach offers the best chance for management and recovery.
How can ketamine be beneficial for Depression
Ketamine is like a super-fast helper for your brain. Imagine your brain as a garden. In depression, some parts of this garden might be a bit withered or struggling to grow. Ketamine acts like a super-fast fertilizer. It helps new connections grow quickly in your brain garden, helping you feel better and happier.
Here’s another example
Imagine your brain as a bustling city. In depression, it's as though some roads in the city are blocked or not built properly. This makes it harder for thoughts and feelings to travel around and for you to feel happy. Now, imagine Ketamine as a construction crew. It comes in very quickly, working super-fast to fix the roads or even build new ones. This allows thoughts and feelings to travel better and can help you feel happier and less depressed.