Depression is traditionally treated with antidepressant medication, therapy, or both. However, up to 50% of patients don’t find lasting relief of their symptoms with these treatments or find the side effects from traditional medication interfere too much with their quality of life.
At the Wyoming Wellness Center, Tracy Richard, CRNA, APRN, and her team offer ketamine intravenous infusions, intramuscular infusions, and oral ketamine lozenges to help in the treatment of severe depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Ketamine for Anxiety and Depression
While ketamine works on a structural level to fix the pathways that have been ravaged by stress, depression, and anxiety, antidepressants offer a more temporary solution. Traditional antidepressants affect the way your brain uses and produces neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. This line of treatment isn’t always effective. It takes time to build up in your system, they come with a lot of side effects, and the treatment can have a plateauing effect that requires a change in medication.
Ketamine for Suicidal Ideation
Suicidal thoughts can be reduced and sometimes eliminated with ketamine therapy. Ketamine treatment is the only intervention that can eliminate suicidal thinking independently of other symptoms. In some studies, ketamine has been found to greatly decrease or even stop suicidal thoughts in as little as 90 minutes after an IV infusion.
Here at Wyoming Wellness Center, we offer low-dose Ketamine infusion therapy to patients suffering from severe mood disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder (non-manic phase), post-traumatic stress, and others that increase the risk of suicidal behavior.
Ketamine for Post-Partum Depression
Ketamine therapy is fantastic for mothers with severe postpartum depression because of its high success rate in treating mood disorders with little risk to their child. Depressive symptoms can be lifted within hours to days instead of weeks to months. As few as 2 or 3 infusions can provide many months of relief: plenty of time to form a healthy bond with your newborn and reassess longer-term treatment options (if necessary).
Ketamine for PTSD
From military veterans to abuse survivors, patients suffering from any type of extreme trauma are at risk of developing changes in brain chemistry. Unlike traditional antidepressants, ketamine actually works to restructure and rebuild nerve connections in the brain, which can provide long-term relief from the debilitating effects of PTSD. We offer a 10% discount to our patients who are current or former military members and first responders.