Ketamine has been getting a lot of media attention lately—for better and for worse. One of the biggest breakthroughs in the treatment of severe depression and other psychiatric disorders, many people are still skeptical about ketamine infusions, writing off ketamine for depression as a rogue treatment offered at renegade clinics around the country.
The truth, however, is that Yale researchers began studying the antidepressant effects of ketamine more than 25 years ago. In the late 1990’s, while using ketamine to study the effects of glutamate on schizophrenia, researchers stumbled upon the possibility that glutamate may also be connected with depression. This discovery spurred a series of experiments, in which it was recognized that ketamine did, in fact, produce a rapid antidepressant effect in depressed patients.
MedicalXpress recently interviewed Dr. Gerard Sanatoria, MD, PhD, who was one of the Yale researchers involved in these early studies. Read the full interview and learn more about the history of ketamine for depression, what researchers currently know, and what they hope to see in the future.
Ketamine improves depressive symptoms in 40-60% of patients. While there is still a lot to learn about this groundbreaking depression treatment, for those who have no hope and need immediate help, ketamine can be a life-changing—and life-saving!—treatment.
Contact Ascend Ketamine
If you or a loved one is suffering from depression and don’t know where to turn, contact Ascend Ketamine. We are happy to offer a free consultation to new patients. We’ll help answer questions about ketamine for depression and determine if ketamine is a viable option for you. Located in the Greater Houston Area, Ascend Ketamine is easily accessible for those living locally, or ask us about traveling to your home for ketamine treatment!