The persistent nature of conditions such as depression, PTSD, and bipolar disorder often stems from physical / chemical imbalances or disruptions in the body. While counseling is an important component of all mental illness treatment plans, the physical and chemical components of mental illness may be beyond the reach of counseling. For many, unfortunately, the physical components of mental illness are also beyond the reach of standard antidepressant medications. However, a breakthrough treatment, ketamine infusion therapy, offers new hope. People with treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, and bipolar disorder are seeing high rates of rapid relief.
Ketamine is a surgical anesthesia that has been in use more than 50 years. Medical science is finding that very low doses of ketamine, delivered directly to the blood, can reduce major depressive symptoms in a matter of hours. With combined therapy, we have been finding 90% success rates. This high success rate is achieved even among patients who have not found success with other treatments.
Because IV ketamine treatment for mental illness is relatively new, and because it requires several office visits in the beginning, we typically reserve ketamine infusion for patients who have already tried two other treatment regimens. Treatments involve several in-office infusions over the first few weeks. Then treatments reduce to once every 30 to 90 days for maintenance. An 70% reduction in symptoms has been cited after six treatments. Some patients may be able to taper off the IV ketamine entirely. Counseling plans designed to take advantage of the relief achieved by IV ketamine may help patients taper off the ketamine.
If someone you know struggles with major symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress, please tell them about The Taub Group. If you are challenged by these conditions, please call (704) 442-9805. Let’s discuss medical options, side effects, costs, and a plan for a brighter future that involves the best medicine has to offer.