Ketamine infusions can offer breakthroughs for even treatment-refractory depression

How do Ketamine Infusions Treat Depression?

Depression can arise from diverse triggers, both internal and external. Some patients may have an underlying genetic susceptibility. Other patients may have medical conditions that exacerbate their depression. Some patients may not be able to control their depression with medications and psychotherapy. Ketamine infusions and medication augmented psychotherapy offer a breakthrough treatment for treatment-resistant depression.

  1. Genetic susceptibility to depression
  2. Medical conditions that cause or exacerbate depression
  3. Environmental triggers (death, separation, personal or financial hardship, etc.) can cause or worsen depression
  4. Medications can influence depressive symptoms, such as medications that interrupt sleep

Ketamine modifies serotonin, norepinephrine, and glutamate levels

While depression has many causes, there are underlying biochemical and psychological disturbances that limit your ability to recognize cognitive barriers and rigidities to re-engaging with yourself.

Unlike traditional anti-depressants, ketamine is a powerful NMDA and glutamate receptor antagonist. This can re-shift the biochemical balance in your brain to help restore your inner healing potential. Traditional anti-depressants simply don't have this same effect.

Medication augmented hypnotherapy disinhibits your frontal cortex, allowing you to interact with your therapist, and yourself, differently. This can also help you uncover your hidden healing potential to overcome your depression.

Both techniques are performed with your therapist with the goal of achieving lasting relief. Many patients are able to reduce medication requirements while others are able to live medication-free after their sessions are complete.

  • Immediate relief from depression allows for psychotherapy to address root causes of depression
  • The "reboot" of the central nervous system allows for neural connectivity to re-wire itself with a fresh start
  • To achieve lasting relief, ketamine infusions should be integrated with psychotherapy

Depression as a consequence of cognitive rigidity

Cognitive rigidity underlies many psychiatric conditions and personality traits, including compulsivity (OCD), eating disorders, and trichotillomania. It's not an unwillingness to change, but it's a neurochemical inertia that can make changing habits and routines incredibly difficult. Ketamine and medication assisted hypnotherapy can help restructure rigid cognitive loops through neuroplasticity - literally helping re-wire rigid neurological habit loops. This can play a major role in depression, in particular when chronic pain is also present. These benefits can similarly help symptoms of bipolar depression. Read more about using ketamine as part of a holistic depression treatment plan.

Safety of Ketamine Infusions

Ketamine infusions are safe when directed under a trained physician. This is also true in older adults. Learn what to look for in a ketamine clinic when searching in the Bay Area.

Infusions allow for faster action

Unlike oral dosing, IV infusion rates can be modified instantaneously to allow for more rapid therapeutic effect. There is no need to wait for the effect of a pill to decide if the next pill dose should be changed a week later.

What to Expect with your Ketamine Infusion for Depression?

Treating depression for long-term relief requires more than just medication. Medications alone runs a serious risk of depressive symptom relapse.

Personalized ketamine infusion treatment offers the fastest and longest-lasting relief

Your personalized plan will integrate Eastern and Western medical treatments to give you the fastest, longest-lasting results. This includes:

  1. Contact us for a free consultation to determine if you are a candidate for ketamine therapy
  2. Schedule a holistic medicine intake to develop a personalized, integrated depression treatment plan
  3. Prepare for your first infusion experience with your individualized nutrition, supplement, and sleep plan
  4. Continue 4-6 treatment sessions over the next 1-2 months, adjusted to your symptoms

IV infusion treatments offer rapid relief from depression

We will discuss your symptoms throughout your treatment journey, allowing for instantaneous changes to your infusion.

You will save valuable weeks in your journey by avoiding the slower feedback times experienced with oral medications, including mail-order, oral ketamine tablets.

Getting Started with Ketamine Infusions

To learn more, contact us to schedule a free consultation to learn if you're a candidate for ketamine infusion. We will also discuss other potential treatment options, such as medication-assisted clinical hypnosis.

You are more than a patient

We tailor our treatments to you as an individual. We communicate with your treatment team, including any therapists or psychiatrists. We take into account your

  • Personal history (traumas, triggering events)
  • Medical history (heart health, dementia)
  • Medication history to find medication side effects that may contribute to your depression
  • Treatment beliefs

Tell us how you believe your health can be better

By integrating Eastern and Western medicine, we respect and empower your beliefs to help you heal. We believe that the best treatment is the treatment that resonates with the patient, and that's why you're here. We tailor our protocols to your life experiences to give you the best possible healing experience.