Depression, despite being considered a nuisance, has not always carried the same connotation that it does today. “Since Aristotle, melancholia had been associated with men of learning and intellectual brilliance, a hazard of contemplation and creativity.” In Ancient Greece, depression was considered a disease that was thought to be caused from “an imbalance in the four basic bodily fluids, or humors.” Now, depression is more widely associated with decreased serotonin production, and manifests itself in numerous physical and biological ways.

Modern medicine typically treats depression using two different tools: psychotherapy and pharmaceuticals. Those who suffer from depression receive cognitive behavioral therapy by attending regular sessions with a therapist. They are also prescribed antidepressants, like Prozac, to promote the production of more serotonin in the brain. This combination is effective for some, but not for all. In fact, more than 40% of those who suffer from depression and receive cognitive behavioral therapy in combination with antidepressants find the treatments to be ineffective.

There are still other options available for those who do not find relief with just therapy and antidepressants alone. Ketamine has been in use since the 1970’s, and an isomer of the drug was recently approved by the FDA for treating depression. Up to 70% of patients find that ketamine treatments were exactly what they needed. In fact, some find it effectively alleviates depression within 20 minutes of their first infusion.

Ketamine infusions, which are administered at a clinic under medical supervision, help the brain rebuild damaged connections. A recent study, which was funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), concluded that “Ketamine reverses neural changes underlying depression-related behaviors in mice.” It is considered “a fast-acting antidepressant which relieves depressive symptoms in hours instead of weeks or longer.” This is great news for those who have not found success with other treatments yet.

Contact Elev8 MD Wellness Center

At Elev8MD, we offer a wide range of mind-body services to offer a holistic and integrative approach to depression treatment and overall wellness. We offer ketamine infusions for the treatment of depression, psychiatric disorders, and chronic pain, as well as talk therapy, reiki and other wellness services. Contact our Charlotte area wellness center today for more information on our services and how we can help you live your greatest life.