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Ketamine Brings A New Hope To People Living With Depression in Philadelphia

Updated on August 21, 2016

Time Is Of The Essence

Imagine if you were in a constant battle with depression. So you go to see a Psychiatrist and he starts you on medication immediately. Then you are told it "MAY" help you, but it can take as long as 4 weeks to start working. What he probably won't tell you is the true statistics of how well traditional anti-depressants work. The statistics from studies such as the results from STAR*D's (study on the treatment of depression) is that after 14 weeks of starting on an antidepressant, only 31 percent of patients started to report signs of remission. It is that percentage in battling a symptom that has a potential to end with suicide that has lead to new treatments becoming available.

David Danish of The Ketamine Clinic of Philadelphia
David Danish of The Ketamine Clinic of Philadelphia

While many people in the U.S. continue to live with depression, PTSD and anxiety, there is a new treatment that the Ketamine Clinic of Philadelphia is bringing to the area. While traditional anti-depressants take months to start working for patients, the Ketamine Clinic of Philadelphia is treating patients with ketamine. In virtually minutes patients begin a session and soon after feel the effects of the medication. The key to the medications success is in the dosing. Too much can be neurotoxic, at the right dosage ketamine may decrease the production of certain harmful inflammatory mediators that have been shown to be increased in models of depression.

"Its not just certain anxiety disorders", says Dr. David Danish of Ketamine Clinic of Philadelphia "There is mounting evidence that ketamine infusion can also help treat certain pain disorders, including fibromyalgia, Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy and pain resulting from Lyme disease". Ketamine is a perfect candidate for people who are or have become resistant to traditional medication. The medication has shown results in 70 - 80 percent of patients, while more than half of patients on traditional anti-depressants are not receiving the desired effect.

The actual infusion itself takes about 30 - 45 minutes, and typically patients will receive a treatment once every 3 - 6 weeks. This once a month treatment has a serious leg up on the monotony of taking a pills daily, or missing a daily dose.

Ketamine Clinic of Philadelphia is the first place in the Philadelphia area of its kind. Rest assured there will be more centers that will offer this extremely effective treatment for depression. If you know someone who has been effected by any one of these disorders or diseases, reach out to them, let them know there are more roads to go than just one.

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