KETAMINE & BRAIN FUNCTION: HOW DOES KETAMINE FOR DEPRESSION WORK?

KETAMINE & BRAIN FUNCTION: HOW DOES KETAMINE FOR DEPRESSION WORK?

Our Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins area ketamine clinics have been treating patients for several years now, a time period over which we’ve been able to watch the progression of this drug as it evolves. We’ve always known, without a doubt, that ketamine is highly effective for the treatment of such psychiatric disorders as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. However, the exact mechanism that makes ketamine such an effective antidepressant has been something of a mystery to researchers and clinicians alike.

ANOTHER USE FOR KETAMINE: KETAMINE FOR ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE

ANOTHER USE FOR KETAMINE: KETAMINE FOR ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE

In the 1980s, a Russian research team unveiled data indicating that ketamine may be useful in the treatment of drug and alcohol dependency. In the study, 66% of patients receiving ketamine treatments maintained abstinence for an entire year, compared to 24% who received only psychological counseling. 

ESKETAMINE: ONE STEP CLOSER TO FDA APPROVAL

ESKETAMINE: ONE STEP CLOSER TO FDA APPROVAL

In August 2016, Janssen Research & Development—a Janssen Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson—announced that an isomer of ketamine, called esketamine, had received Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Similarly to ketamine, esketamine has shown huge promise as a depression treatment, especially for those experiencing suicidal ideation, or who have resisted other treatment methodologies. 

Old Drug, New Tricks: Ketamine’s New Role in Chronic Pain Management

Old Drug, New Tricks: Ketamine’s New Role in Chronic Pain Management

Ketamine has been around since the 60s. A popular battlefield anesthetic used liberally in the Vietnam war, ketamine has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years, emerging as a powerful treatment for depression, anxiety, psychiatric disorders, and various chronic pain conditions. It's renaissance in the realm of pain management is controversial, though—according to the National Pain Report and clinicians around the country—it should not be overlooked.

THE CASE FOR KETAMINE: 2017 IN REVIEW

THE CASE FOR KETAMINE: 2017 IN REVIEW

Researchers first discovered the antidepressant effects of ketamine back in 2000, and have since come to recognize the drug’s ability to improve depressive symptoms—even in patients who had not responded to other methods of treatment—in a matter of hours. Private ketamine clinics, like ours, began to open their doors around 2013, bringing hope to many people who had none. 

KETAMINE FOR DEPRESSION: DOES SEX MATTER?

KETAMINE FOR DEPRESSION: DOES SEX MATTER?

Ketamine has the potential to treat even the most severe cases of depression within a matter of hours. It has changed the lives of thousands of Americans. It has brought hope to those who have had none. And yet researchers still don’t know exactly how this drug works, the antidepressive mechanism still largely a mystery.

HAPPY FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 10 TIPS FOR COPING WITH STRESS & DEPRESSION

HAPPY FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 10 TIPS FOR COPING WITH STRESS & DEPRESSION

The holiday season is here, bringing along with it dozens of parties, days upon days of shopping, countless hours of gift wrapping, decorating, cooking, baking, entertaining…and, for millions of Americans, stress and depression. From dealing with unwelcome guests and overexcited children, to diet and exercise woes, the demands of the holiday season can be dizzying, to say the least.

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER | HOW TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER | HOW TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

It’s that time of the year. The time when friendly fall weather fades into frigid winter temperatures, cuing scarves and puffy coats, hot cocoa and cozy fires. And bringing with it millions of cases of seasonal affective disorder. 

KETAMINE FOR MIGRAINE HEADACHES & CHRONIC PAIN

KETAMINE FOR MIGRAINE HEADACHES & CHRONIC PAIN

At Vitalitas Denver, we use ketamine to treat patients suffering from a wide range of chronic pain conditions. From CRPS and fibromyalgia to Lyme disease and more, ketamine is absolutely one of the most effective non-opioid pain management options available to those suffering from chronic pain. But there is another condition that we’ve been able to treat remarkably successfully through the administration of ketamine infusions: migraine headaches.

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHRONIC PAIN AND DEPRESSION: HOW TO BREAK THE CYCLE

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHRONIC PAIN AND DEPRESSION: HOW TO BREAK THE CYCLE

When it comes to the relationship between chronic pain and depression, it’s very much a chicken-or-the-egg type of debate. The physical manifestations of depression—while hard to explain—can be quite painful: back pain, migraine headaches, etc. The mental manifestations of chronic pain can be equally troubling: stress, difficulty sleeping, low self-esteem, etc. Chronic pain and depression oftentimes work in a vicious cycle, where pain exacerbates the symptoms of depression, which, in turn, exacerbates the feelings of physical pain. And the cycle continues…

KETAMINE FOR PAIN DISORDERS | KETAMINE TREATS PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH LYME DISEASE

KETAMINE FOR PAIN DISORDERS | KETAMINE TREATS PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH LYME DISEASE

A difficult-to-diagnose bacterial infection caused by specific types of tick bites, Lyme disease – and, more specifically, chronic Lyme disease – is a debilitating condition that can leave patients with a worse quality of life than those suffering from such disorders as congestive heart failure, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and arthritis. The symptoms of Lyme are diverse: fatigue, trouble sleeping, joint and muscle pain, depression, cognitive impairment, neuropathy, and headaches are just a few of the manifestations. No matter how chronic Lyme disease presents itself, the impact is almost always devastating.

WHAT IS CRPS? | CRPS SYMPTOMS & CHRONIC PAIN TREATMENT OPTIONS

WHAT IS CRPS? | CRPS SYMPTOMS & CHRONIC PAIN TREATMENT OPTIONS

You may or may not be familiar with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a rare – and often misunderstood – chronic pain condition. Doctors and researchers don’t understand exactly how or why CRPS develops, though it generally occurs after an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack, and results in pain that is far worse than that of the initial injury. Like most chronic pain conditions, CRPS can improve – and can even go into remission! Of course, early intervention is key to generating the most effective pain management results.

TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION | THE ACTIVITY PATTERNS THAT DETERMINE KETAMINE'S EFFICACY

TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION | THE ACTIVITY PATTERNS THAT DETERMINE KETAMINE'S EFFICACY

Since the beginning of the century, statistics have favored the use of ketamine for the treatment of depression. With upwards of 70% of patients responding favorably to the depression treatment, ketamine has been hailed as the most remarkable antidepressant discovery since the 1950s.

NON-OPIOID PAIN MANAGEMENT OPTIONS | PAIN MANAGEMENT WITHOUT NARCOTICS

NON-OPIOID PAIN MANAGEMENT OPTIONS | PAIN MANAGEMENT WITHOUT NARCOTICS

It’s estimated that 36 million people in the United States struggle with opiate addiction. More than 80% of these addictions started with a prescribed opiate painkiller. With the opioid crisis officially declared a National State of Emergency, it’s important to know what your non-narcotic pain management options are in order to prevent substance abuse and addiction issues for you or your loved ones. 

KETAMINE FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT | KETAMINE FOR ACUTE PAIN

KETAMINE FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT | KETAMINE FOR ACUTE PAIN

As the opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc across the country, researchers are working faster and harder than ever to find alternative – but equally effective – ways to treat pain. Not surprisingly, ketamine has found itself in the mix, and the results look promising.

KETAMINE FOR CHRONIC PAIN & DEPRESSION: COMMON MYTHS, DEBUNKED

KETAMINE FOR CHRONIC PAIN & DEPRESSION: COMMON MYTHS, DEBUNKED

Ketamine has made quite a few headlines as of late. Originally introduced as an emergency room and battlefield anesthetic in the 1970s, ketamine has recently been heralded by emergency physicians and chronic pain specialists for its ability to treat chronic pain, and by mental healthcare practitioners for its ability to change the lives of patients suffering from even the most severe, treatment-resistant cases of depression.

KETAMINE RESEARCH & STUDIES | KETAMINE SUCCESS STORIES

KETAMINE RESEARCH & STUDIES | KETAMINE SUCCESS STORIES

Since 2012, it seems researchers have discovered a steady stream of new applications for ketamine. Introduced as an anesthetic in the early ‘70s, it has more recently gained popularity for its highly impressive antidepressant and antipsychotic qualities. Ketamine research shows that infusions, when administered following the proper protocol under expert supervision, dramatically improve depressive symptoms in upwards of 70% of patients. Similarly extraordinary results have manifested in ketamine studies pertaining to PTSD prevention and treatment, addiction treatment, and chronic pain management.

ANXIETY ASSESSMENT | ANXIETY TREATMENT | KETAMINE FOR ANXIETY

ANXIETY ASSESSMENT | ANXIETY TREATMENT | KETAMINE FOR ANXIETY

In life, at some point or another, everyone struggles with situational anxiety. Financial strain, emotional trauma, stress at work or school, all those anxiety-inducing what ifs. And we take a deep breath, brace ourselves, and keep moving forward the best we can. But what if you don’t?

HOW DOES KETAMINE WORK | THE DISCOVERY OF A POTENTIAL ANTI-DEPRESSIVE MECHANISM

HOW DOES KETAMINE WORK | THE DISCOVERY OF A POTENTIAL ANTI-DEPRESSIVE MECHANISM

It is hard to argue against ketamine as the most promising depression treatment available today. In 70% of patients, ketamine effectively and rapidly improves depressive symptoms, even in those patients who have historically resisted other methods of treatment. Study after study shows the same thing: ketamine works, and it works significantly better than traditional antidepressants or psychotherapy.