For patients with significant depression, which has not responded to at least 2 different classes of antidepressants, ketamine offers a glimmer of hope. While the exact mechanism of ketamine is unknown, it is theorized to generate a “glutamate burst,” and may also act on the opiate system. Currently, ketamine is “off-label” or not FDA approved to treat depression – although drug trials are currently underway to change this, given its remarkable benefit. The net effect is a rapid improvement in mood and at times in suicidal ideation, within days, or even hours, rather than the typical 4-6 weeks required for a typical anti-depressant to work.
At SiliconPsych, we offer an oral version of this medication, in a comfortable and relaxing, non-clinical setting, with close medical supervision. We believe in set and setting. You’ll be given an optional eye cover, relaxing music, and guidance if needed, to make the experience as beneficial as possible. Therapy is optional, you can talk, or just sit back and relax!
- Minimal side effects
- High safety profile (minimal effect on breathing, heart rate)
- Potential for rapid improvement in mood
Interested in exploring ketamine treatment?