For those who struggle with depression, finding treatment that works is a huge challenge. Traditional forms of therapy tend to be the first things recommended to people dealing with depression, but this isn’t the right method for everyone. If you’ve tried to get treatment for depression through traditional methods of therapy and antidepressants and haven’t seen any positive results, you might be worried that nothing will work. At TMS & Brain Health, we’ve found that ketamine infusions can be extremely effective for those who have found no relief for their depression from other routes Ketamine isn’t only for those suffering from depression, it can also help provide relief for other conditions. Patients can get rapid relief from depression, suicidal ideations, anxiety, PTSD, and even chronic pain from our ketamine infusions in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Our team is dedicated to finding solutions that work for each patient’s specific concerns and goals.
Ketamine is a powerful medication that provides an alternative approach to treating mental health conditions. Ketamine was originally used as a pediatric anesthetic. Today, a growing body of evidence shows that smaller, sub-anesthetic doses can relieve depression symptoms when other treatments have failed. Ketamine works differently in your brain than other antidepressant medications. Conventional antidepressants such as SSRIs have to build up in your system to change your brain chemistry. Ketamine almost immediately alters the neurotransmitter activity in your brain. In 2014, Thomas Insel (former director of the National Institute for Mental Health) said that” Recent data suggest that ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades.”
Originally used as a pediatric anesthetic, ketamine has shown to be an effective drug for fighting depression. Our ketamine infusions in Los Angeles and Santa Monica use smaller, sub-anesthetic doses administered through an IV that quickly work against a number of mental disorders. Ketamine works differently in your brain than other antidepressant medications. Conventional antidepressants such as SSRIs have to build up in your system to change your brain chemistry. Ketamine almost immediately alters the neurotransmitter activity in your brain. In 2014, Thomas Insel, former director of the National Institute for Mental Health, said that “Recent data suggest that ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades.”
Ketamine is typically only used for those who have tried other forms of therapy and haven’t found anything that works. Before we begin ketamine infusions, we conduct a thorough evaluation to see if this is right for you. We also take the time to get to know our patients before therapy can begin. Before each session, we discuss with our patients what symptoms they’ve been experiencing lately, as well as what their goals are in relation to this therapy.
During the treatment, a member of our team will be with you the entire time, so you’ll never be alone. While some patients might experience side-effects during treatment, including floating sensations and hallucinations, these are only mild and wear off once the treatment is finished. Feeling tired is also normal after a session, so patients are not allowed to drive themselves home after receiving ketamine treatments in Los Angeles or Santa Monica. You might begin to feel relief within an hour after a session. Typically, patients receive six infusions over the course of two to three weeks and may need an occasional infusion after these initial sessions.
Finding treatment shouldn’t feel like an impossible task. Innovative treatments are available that can help make a significant difference in people’s lives. At TMS & Brain Health, we specialize in alternative mental health treatments, like TMS therapy and ketamine infusions, that can be far more effective than traditional routes. With the help of our skilled and compassionate team, we can help our patients find relief from their symptoms and live happy and healthy lives.
Contact us to learn more about our ketamine treatments in Los Angeles and Santa .