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Depression

Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado

Ketamine Therapy Clinic located in Colorado Springs, CO

Over 16 million Americans live with depression, and up to 30% of them don’t respond to conventional treatments. The team at Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado provides ketamine infusion therapy as an alternative for veterans living in and around Colorado Springs, Colorado. If other treatments haven’t relieved your depression symptoms, call Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado or make an appointment online to learn how ketamine can help you.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health disorder that causes pervasive feelings of sadness and hopelessness that interfere with all aspects of your life. Some of the common signs of depression include:

  • A depressed or sad mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, or despair
  • Lost interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Purposeless actions like hand-wringing or pacing
  • Reduced concentration or decision-making
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression can interfere with your performance at work or school, as well as your relationships with friends, family, and loved ones. 

You should talk to a doctor if you have depression symptoms that last for two weeks or more. With the right treatment, you can recover from depression.

How is depression treated?

Conventional treatment for depression combines antidepressant medication and counseling. Medication should regulate your brain chemistry and alleviate your symptoms, while counseling allows you to identify and explore negative thought patterns.

However, up to 30% of people with depression have “treatment-resistant” depression, which doesn’t respond to traditional antidepressant medication. The team at Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado provides ketamine infusion therapy as an alternative to conventional antidepressant medicines. 

Ketamine works differently in your brain than antidepressant medications. It stimulates different receptors and also the production of glutamate, a neurotransmitter that supports healthy brain function and neural pathway generation. 

Research shows that enhanced brain function can improve your mood, thought patterns, and overall cognitive function. 

What should I expect during ketamine infusion therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy should be a relaxing experience that takes approximately an hour. While you rest in a comfortable chair, one of the providers inserts your IV and stays with you throughout your infusion. They monitor your vitals every five minutes to ensure your safety and comfort.

You might have a floating or out-of-body sensation during your ketamine infusion. These side effects are temporary and go away soon after your infusion is complete. The treatment leaves you slightly groggy, so you need a friend or family member to drive you home. 

Most patients experience rapid relief of their depression symptoms, although your provider might recommend a series of treatments as well as occasional follow-up treatments to maintain the effects. 

If you’ve tried several types of antidepressants without relief of your symptoms, call Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado or make an appointment online today to find out if ketamine infusion therapy is right for you.

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