The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 6.7% of all adults living in the United States have at least one major depressive episode per year. The implications of this one major depressive episode are dire: a recent large-scale, long-term study has linked depression with an increased mortality rate, especially in women.
Depression has already been linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease and immune system deficiencies. It can cause insomnia, weight gain, and a whole slew of other health problems. But this most recent study—which was conducted with more than 3,000 participants over the course of 60+ years—shows a direct correlation between a major depressive episode and an individual’s mortality rate.
In the study, the risk of death was higher immediately following a major depressive episode, but returned to a more normal level once the depression was effectively treated. The mortality rate was also significantly higher for women: the study revealed a startling 50% increase in the risk of death for women with depression.
So how do you know if you’ve had a major depressive episode? A major depressive episode is characterized by the manifestation of at least five of the following symptoms are present for a minimum of two weeks:
• Depression or sadness
• Lack of interest in activities or hobbies
• Weight loss or gain
• Changes in sleep pattern
• Heightened physical agitation or exaggerated slowness
• Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
• Inability to focus
• Suicidal thoughts, or thoughts about death
If you feel you have or are experiencing a major depressive episode, please speak with your primary care physician or mental healthcare provider immediately. Depression treatment options vary, and range from traditional pharmacological solutions to mind-body therapies and ketamine infusions. Generally, a combination of these treatments will yield the best results.
Ketamine infusions are effective for 70% of patients, but are especially effective for those who suffer from short-term depressive episodes, or from postpartum depression. Ketamine infusions are certainly an option worth considering—no matter the severity of your depression. Our Houston ketamine clinic is happy to offer a free consultation to new patients interested in learning more about this innovative treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD and chronic pain.
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Effectively treating your depression is important, not only for the quality of your everyday life, but also for your overall longevity. If you’d like to learn more about ketamine infusions and how our Houston ketamine clinic can help you find hope, happiness and health, please complete the brief form below and a member of our clinical team will be in touch to answer questions, address concerns and point you in the right direction.