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I Was Paralyzed by Severe Depression. Then Came Ketamine.

It was as though a switch had been flipped and my brain lit up. I noticed color creeping back into the world, and the hard knot of dread and dispassion in my chest melted away,” writes Zoe Boyer. In this New York Times op-ed, Ms. Boyer describes her experience with ketamine therapy as a last-ditch effort to treat her depression. Like many individuals, she had tried everything: years of therapy and nearly every antidepressant, with no improvement. Ketamine can be incredibly effective for people that are diagnosed with treatment-resistant mood disorders, meaning all other forms of therapy and treatment have failed (or they simply can’t tolerate the side effects of their antidepressants).

Ketamine is often known for its rapid and robust relief of symptoms, oftentimes patients may begin to feel improvement within hours-days (unlike the weeks-months for antidepressants to take effect). But not everyone has the same experience, nor does everyone endorse a light-switch-flipping moment. For some people, relief may be gradual and subtle, like fog slowly lifting. As Ms. Boyer noted, she did not begin to feel better until her fourth infusion, and nearly gave up. Sometimes the dissociation effect during the infusion may be intense and psychedelic, and next time it may feel mild and neutral. In conclusion, each individuals experience will vary.

If you are interested in learning more about ketamine, please email or call Repose today for a free consultation.

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