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Anyone living with depression knows just how debilitating it can be. It’s especially prevalent here in Utah.
“Utah has consistently higher rates of self-reported lifetime depression than the U.S. rate (24.2% vs. 20.1% in 2021),” the Utah Department of Health reports.
Just as depression symptoms vary from person to person, not everyone responds to treatment the same way. While traditional forms of medication and therapy may work for some, others may find little or no relief from them — even after years of trying.
If this describes you or someone you love, it may be time to consider ketamine therapy to treat depression.
It offers relief within hours, not weeks
In an article for GoodRx, pharmacists Tegan Smedley and Stacia Woodcock acknowledge that regular antidepressants “may take a while to kick in.” They say that symptoms may improve within the first couple of weeks, but “it can often take 4 to 8 weeks to feel the full effects of your medication.”
With ketamine therapy, you don’t have that problem.
“Instead of waiting for an SSRI to hopefully provide some relief over the course of weeks, people who are suffering under the crushing weight of depression can start to feel the benefits of ketamine within about 40 minutes,” Dr. Peter Grinspoon writes for the Harvard Health blog.
It’s worked for people with treatment-resistant depression
Another benefit of ketamine is that it can help those who haven’t found relief from other medications.
“We’re reaching out in a new way to patients who have not responded to other kinds of treatments and providing, for some of them, the first time that they’ve gotten better from their depression,” Dr. John Krystal, chief of psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut, tells Sonya Collins of WebMD.
One example is Christa Coulter-Scott, who told Collins that the “dark cloud of depression” she had dealt with most of her life didn’t budge until she tried ketamine therapy.
“My head feels lighter, and I don’t have that gloomy, dark, heavy feeling in my mind,” Coulter-Scott said. “And everything around me looks brighter — the sun, the lights in my office.” She even asked a coworker if the lighting in the office had been changed.
“I don’t know if it’s a side effect of ketamine or a side effect of being less depressed,” she said.
It’s effectively reduced suicidal thoughts
If you or a loved one struggles with persistent thoughts of suicide, here’s some important information. A 2022 study published in The BMJ found that “ketamine is rapid, safe in the short term, and has persistent benefits for acute care in suicidal patients.”
Grinspoon believes this is a good reason to consider this treatment when all other treatments have proven ineffective.
“Given its efficacy in people considering suicide, it is plausible that ketamine may be lifesaving,” he says.
The success rate is high
If you wonder whether or not ketamine therapy will work for you, the odds are in your favor. One study published on PubMed Central reported that ketamine has a “robust and rapid effect on depression” immediately after it’s administered—and the results were sustained after one month.
Ketamine SLC has treated over 4,000 patients in over 40,000 individual treatment sessions and 75% have found relief from their depression.
There are very few side effects
Statistically, ketamine therapy has proven to be very safe. The same PubMed Central study noted previously found that some patients experienced “transient adverse effects,” but they subsided after one hour.
Of the 40,000 individual treatment sessions at Ketamine SLC, the clinic did not note any major significant adverse events. Of course, this requires strict adherence to the clinic’s Ketamine Intramuscular Stepped System for Depression (KISSD).
“When the system of KISSD is utilized for the administration of ketamine, the process has earned and greatly deserves the label: The Holy Grail of Depression,” Ketamine SLC says.
“No other medicine on the planet is as demonstrably safe or as effective as ketamine for treating depression; ketamine’s apex statistics are simply unparalleled.”
Request a free consultation
If you’ve tried several different treatment options for depression and nothing seems to be working, ketamine might be the answer. Under the proper medical care, it’s safe, effective and offers rapid relief.
Don’t let depression rob you of one more day of your life. Let the medical professionals at Ketamine SLC help you find that long-awaited relief you’ve been searching for. To learn more about how ketamine can help treat mental health and mood disorders and to see if this treatment may be right for you, request a free consultation at Ketamine SLC today.