Antidepressants Aren’t Working For Me — Do I Have Other Options?

Antidepressants Aren’t Working For Me — Do I Have Other Options?

The symptoms of depression, including low mood, fatigue, loss of interest in daily life activities, and an increased tendency toward substance use problems, can be majorly intrusive in your life. If you or a loved one is living with clinical depression or major depressive disorder, you need treatment and support to reclaim your quality of life.

Many people try medication management for persistent problems with depression. For some, antidepressant medications work great, alleviating symptoms and helping individuals get back on their feet after depression. For others, though, antidepressants may not do enough to manage intrusive symptoms of depression.

At Iconic Infusions, PLLC, our team encourages you to explore your treatment options for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more. Under the leadership of medical expert Dr. Bryant S. Edwards, we offer ketamine infusion therapy treatments that have been scientifically shown to help with depression when medication management does not.

Could you benefit from trying ketamine infusions at our Briarwood Hills, Fayetteville, North Carolina, clinic after finding that antidepressant medications don’t work to address your depression or other mental health care needs? Here’s what you need to know.

When your depression doesn’t respond to antidepressants

Antidepressant medications can help with mental health symptoms related to depression and anxiety. However, medication management isn’t for everyone. Some individuals find that antidepressant medications aren’t a good match for their unique brain chemistry.

You may also have other reasons for wanting to avoid antidepressants, including concerns about side effects. Not everyone can tolerate antidepressant medications well.

That said, for people with major depressive disorder or other severe mental health complaints, the prospect of life without effective treatment feels bleak and may even be dangerous. Depression is a serious mental health condition.

If antidepressants don’t work for you, don’t give up hope. The providers at Iconic Infusions, PLLC, take an interdisciplinary approach to mental health management, partnering with other experts to give you the care you need to recover.

Talk to Dr. Edwards and his team about your treatment options. In addition to strategies like psychotherapy and lifestyle changes, Dr. Edwards may recommend that you consider ketamine infusion therapy for your depression.

Treatment-resistant depression and ketamine

The surgical anesthetic drug ketamine shows significant promise as a treatment for mental health issues like major depressive disorder. Ketamine can be a good option for individuals who find medication management isn’t a good strategy.

Ketamine infusions use a safe, controlled dose of ketamine delivered directly to your bloodstream. Skipping the steps involving your digestive system gets you faster-acting effects, with fewer chances for side effects or other biological interactions.

Ketamine blocks N-Methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in your brain, leading to an improvement in mental health symptoms for many. Ketamine induces a dissociative experience and can also encourage new neural pathways to form in your brain.

Dr. Edwards recommends a series of regularly spaced treatment sessions for individuals relying on ketamine infusion therapy as a mental health management strategy. The Iconic Infusions, PLLC, team monitors you during treatment for any issues. Our medspa-like therapeutic treatment environment provides a relaxing space to rest during your infusion session.

To learn more about how ketamine infusion therapy works as an effective treatment for depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions, get in touch with Dr. Edwards at Iconic Infusions, PLLC today. Schedule your consultation online or call now to book.

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