Going through a depression flare-up is a difficult experience. If you live with major depression, it makes sense to pay attention to preventing difficult and stressful depression flare-ups.
You might use strategies like lifestyle changes, therapy, or medication management to try and keep your depression under control. If approaches like medication and therapy haven’t done enough to reduce your depression episodes or symptoms, you have other treatment options available to you.
At Iconic Infusions, PLLC, board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Bryant Edwards offers intravenous (IV) ketamine infusions, a treatment that shows promise as a long-term treatment for major depressive disorder.
Here’s what you need to know about how Dr. Edwards uses ketamine infusions to prevent depression flare-ups in his patients from around the Fayetteville, North Carolina, area.
Ketamine and depression
Major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental health issues among adults in the United States. A depression flare-up can hold you back at work, cause you to give up on social plans, and even strain your important family and personal relationships at home.
In the depths of a depressive episode, you may struggle with suicidal thoughts, and have a hard time finding the will to keep going.
Help is available for depression, but for some people, depression resists treatment. You may have been trying to sufficiently address your depression for many years, preventing or lessening the intensity of some flare-ups, but still regularly struggling with symptoms like low mood, persistent sadness, lack of interest in usual activities, and sleeplessness.
The drug ketamine shows significant promise in recent studies as an effective treatment for even treatment-resistant major depression. A series of treatments with a medically controlled, low dose of ketamine creates new pathways in your brain, fundamentally transforming your mental health and the way you experience psychological pain.
How ketamine infusion works
IV infusions bypass your digestive system, allowing your provider at Iconic Infusions, PLLC, to control your ketamine dose. Ketamine infusion therapy for major depressive disorder typically involves a series of infusion appointments.
During an infusion session, you rest in comfort in our medspa-style treatment space. You may experience sensations of detachment or disassociation during your infusion treatment. We work with you to keep the experience positive and emotionally safe.
We can also pair your ketamine infusion IV with vitamin, nutrient, and hydration IVs, improving your overall health and wellness while you treat your mental health with ketamine therapy.
Find lasting relief from depression
Your results after ketamine infusion therapy for depression can be startling. Patients feel better right away after a treatment session, and you may find that your depression recedes in your life, no longer threatening to flare up and ruin your week, month, or year.
Ketamine infusion therapy can relieve symptoms of depression in just a few hours and provide long-lasting results. Up to 70% of patients with major depression can find relief through ketamine infusion therapy.
The team at Iconic Infusions, PLLC, reviews your depression symptoms and medical history, and can advise you on whether ketamine infusion therapy could be right for you. We take a multidisciplinary approach to treating your depression, partnering with other providers to put together a care plan that will work for you.
To learn more about your options for treating your depression and preventing flare-ups over the long term, get in touch with Dr. Bryant at Iconic Infusions, PLLC. Schedule your initial consultation appointment online or call now to book.