Looking for Depression Treatment in Irvine? Here’s Why Ketamine May Be an Option
This post was written by Dr. Christopher Romig M.D. — the founder and medical director of Ark Integrative Medicine in Irvine, California
Depression is a serious mental health disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. Depression can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, leading to feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and loss of interest in daily activities. While there are many treatment options available, some individuals may not respond well to traditional antidepressant medications or therapy. Ketamine treatment has emerged as a promising alternative for individuals with treatment-resistant depression. If you are looking for depression treatment in Irvine, California, here’s why ketamine treatment may be an option for you:
Rapid Relief of Symptoms
One of the significant benefits of ketamine treatment for depression is its rapid onset of action. Traditional antidepressants that can take weeks to months to work. While ketamine treatment can provide relief from depression symptoms within hours or days. This rapid response can be life-saving for individuals who are experiencing severe depression symptoms. It can also help individuals who may be at risk of self-harm or suicide.
Safe and Well-Tolerated
Ketamine has been used safely in medical settings for over 50 years, and the doses used in ketamine treatment for depression are significantly lower than those used in anesthesia. Ketamine treatment is well-tolerated by most individuals, and side effects are usually mild and short-lived. Common side effects of ketamine treatment include nausea, dizziness, and changes in blood pressure or heart rate. These side effects typically resolve within a few hours after the treatment.
Effective for Treatment-Resistant Depression
Ketamine treatment has been shown to be effective for individuals with treatment-resistant depression, meaning they have not responded to traditional antidepressant medications or therapy. In fact, studies have shown that up to 70% of individuals with treatment-resistant depression may respond to ketamine treatment. Ketamine treatment works by blocking the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain, which is believed to play a role in depression. By blocking this receptor, ketamine treatment can improve mood and reduce depression symptoms.
Ketamine treatment for depression has been shown to have long-lasting benefits. Some individuals experiencing relief from depression symptoms for weeks or even months after the initial treatment. This extended benefit can provide individuals with a much-needed reprieve from depression symptoms and allow them to engage more fully in their daily lives. While the exact mechanism of action of ketamine treatment is still not fully understood, it is believed that ketamine treatment may promote the growth of new brain cells, which may contribute to its long-lasting benefits.
Ketamine treatment for depression is personalized to each individual’s needs. Treatment is typically administered in a medical setting, such as a hospital or clinic, under the supervision of a licensed medical professional. The dose and frequency of treatment will depend on the individual’s response to the initial treatment and their overall health. The medical professional will also monitor the individual’s blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs to ensure safe and effective treatment.
Integration with other Modalities
Ketamine has been used in medicine for a long time with great efficacy. And yet we’re just getting started understanding its full potential. Especially when it’s combined with other modalities that complement the medicine. Our practice is determined to return our patient back to optimal mental and physical health through unique, personally tailored approaches – all based on evidence-based and tested medical practices.
We’ve been exploring different approaches since I opened my first ketamine clinic in 2016 in Laguna Beach, California. It was there I saw the marked difference that ketamine makes in patients’ lives. After extensive research we created our unique, cutting edge protocols. These have much greater results than other ketamine treatments available, while also integrating additional holistic wellness treatments.
Medicine often overlooks that the individual is much more than the sum of our parts.
We are part of a greater community of family, friends and colleagues. And every aspect of a patient seeking treatment should also be looked after. We provide IV vitamin infusions, for example, and we partner with the most recent VR technology, Firefly VR. In Virtual Reality, our patients get to explore “The Sanctuary” while getting their ketamine infusion. We are also partnered with Stella Center, which provides advanced Stellate Ganglion Block treatments, which can relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and TARA mind. We hope to bring about lasting changes by resetting the mind through ketamine therapy. And make them more permanent through treatment centered on a holistic total body wellness approach.