Meroë Psychiatric in Westport, Connecticut offers personalized solutions for those suffering from various mood debilities including anxiety, personality, and psychotic disorder, and those with substance abuse issues. Meroë Psychiatric was founded by Dr. Frank S. K. Appah, the Unit Chief for the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at St. Vincent’s Medical Centre in Bridgeport, CT. The private practice approaches patient care with the philosophy of individualization, open-mindedness, and collaboration.
In conjunction with weekly psychotherapy sessions, the clinic is certified to use SPRAVATO™ nasal spray, a form of ketamine, to help with treatment-resistant depression. The clinic aims to optimize recovery for clients that have failed to see results through traditional forms of cognitive-behavioral therapies and medications.
Ketamine gets a bad rap. The first thing people think when they hear the drug is usually a rave or some party scene. But the truth is, ketamine has been an effective treatment for many diseases. It actually got its start as an anesthetic during the Vietnam war in the 1960s. But abuse of the drug was rampant in the 1980s and 1990s. And like any drug, when you use it improperly, bad things can happen. It should never be used without a clinician. Which means at a club or party. But when it’s used by trained clinicians in safe and secure settings, it can be a huge help to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD and many more issues. As John Abenstein — president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists said, “Outside of the clinic, ketamine can cause tragedies, but in the right hands, it is a miracle.”
We need to do more research. But don’t let the stigma of ketamine stop you from learning more about it. If you think ketamine therapy at Meroë Psychiatric may be right for you, ask your doctor.
And if you’re wondering, yes, ketamine is legal. The DEA currently lists it as a Schedule III drug. This puts it in the same category as Tylenol.