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Depression Specialist

Megan Baerny, CRNA -  - Ketamine Infusion Clinic


Megan Baerny, CRNA

Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in Lake Oswego, OR

If you’re among the 16.1 million people in the United States struggling with depression, you can find help at Repose in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Megan Baerny, CRNA, specializes in ketamine infusions that provide fast, long-lasting relief from the sadness, hopelessness, and other symptoms of depression. Ketamine infusions can also address treatment-resistant depression when medications are no longer working. To find out if ketamine infusions are a treatment option for your depression, call Repose today or request a consultation online.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder. It affects how you think and what you feel. Those with depression experience sadness, hopelessness, and feelings of unworthiness.

Different types of depression can interfere with your health and wellness, including:

Persistent depressive disorder

Persistent depressive disorder (also called dysthymia) describes a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years. You’ll experience periods where your symptoms aren’t as severe as other times, but your mood generally remains low all the time.

Seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal affective disorder describes a type of depression common during the winter months due to the lack of sunlight and social isolation.

Major depressive disorder

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a type of depression where you feel nothing but unhappiness and low feelings, to the point of despair. Individuals with MDD often lose interest in most activities, have trouble sleeping, have little self-worth, and experience changes in their appetite. 

When should I seek treatment for depression?

Because depression symptoms can worsen without treatment, it’s important that you schedule a consultation at Repose if you feel persistent sadness or hopelessness that lasts two weeks or longer.

It’s difficult to manage depression symptoms on your own. If your symptoms are left uncontrolled, you might be at an increased risk of having suicidal thoughts, harming yourself, and behaving recklessly.

Repose offers ketamine infusion therapy to quickly reduce the severity of your depression symptoms. The providers can determine if you’re a candidate for ketamine infusions based on your medical history and the kind of depression you suffer from.

How does ketamine treat depression?

Ketamine is an anesthetic generally used during surgery. In the treatment of depression, low-dose infusions of ketamine work on your brain by blocking the N-methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) receptor in your brain to increase glutamate levels. Glutamate is an important neurotransmitter that helps your brain process emotions.

Infusions of ketamine also help build new neural connections in the brain to provide long-lasting relief from depression symptoms. Ketamine is highly effective in combating treatment-resistant depression that does not respond to traditional antidepressant medications.

Find out if ketamine infusions are right for treating your depression by calling Repose today or request a consultation online.