Chiropractic Meridian ID Ketamine Therapy for Depression

If you are reading this, there is a good chance someone has mentioned the benefits of ketamine for depression in Meridian ID. The goal of this post is to give you a better understanding of what ketamine is, why it is growing in popularity, and mistakes to avoid.

Depression is a growing problem and the rates seem to only be increasing. There aren’t any medications that have a great track record either. Yes, I understand there are those that notice improvement but none of them even work for 50% of individuals and they require long term use and come with side effects. Results in youth are even worse. Outside of medications, the best treatment is electroconvulsive therapy which isn’t appealing to most and it also usually causes memory issues.

To gain a better understanding of depression check out our blog post on it: https://www.spencerz.sg-host.com/fb-depression-lp-finding-the-root-causes/


WHAT IS KETAMINE

Ketamine is a medication that has been around for a very long time. It has its roots as an anesthetic agent used in surgery for sedation. It also has been used in pain management for those who don’t tolerate other therapies.

Depending on your age, some individuals have a bad connotation with ketamine due to individuals using it improperly. My thoughts are people do dumb things with cars but no one would argue that they aren’t life changing. The same exact thing can be said for ketamine as well. We’ll talk about proper use in the last part on mistakes to avoid.

Ketamine at doses lower than what would induce sedation is called subanesthetic. It was discovered at these doses that ketamine acts as anti-inflammatory and promotes plasticity in the brain (1). Plasticity is the brain’s ability to learn and change. We’ll talk more about this in the mistakes to avoid section.


KETAMINE AND DEPRESSION

Remember at the beginning how we discussed depression being a major problem.

Ketamine over the past few years has been rapidly becoming more popular. This is due to the profound effects of ketamine on depression and suicidal ideations. Single sessions of therapy can completely get rid of suicidal thoughts and improve depression. It does take more than a single session to achieve longer lasting results.

Beyond the rapid improvement, ketamine acts on brain cells in a way that promotes changes that persist beyond the length of time it is in the system (2). This means there isn’t a need for ongoing dosing of ketamine to have results. If you find that is the case, then something is being missed and like before in the mistakes to avoid part we’ll talk more.

While ketamine doesn’t have a 100% success rate it is far better than any other medication on the market. Some research suggests electroconvulsive therapy still has the edge on ketamine, but once again it comes with memory loss while ketamine doesn’t. With that being said, ketamine for the right individuals in my opinion has far better results than electroconvulsive therapy does.

If this wasn’t already good enough, I routinely see individuals get off medications they have been taking for years because they no longer need them. You may be wondering who could do this? From the research I’ve seen it has been evaluated from age 13 and older and is considered safe and effective (3).

Needless to say, ketamine clinics are popping up everywhere and are becoming a fad. With any fad there are things to be aware of.


MISTAKES TO AVOID

Having been an early adopter of ketamine therapy for depression; I want to help you get the most out of the therapy and prevent mistakes.

  1. Remember ketamine promotes plasticity, but plasticity can be positive or negative. You need to be creating a positive environment before, during, and after ketamine therapy to have the results you want. If you don’t then don’t expect good results.
  2. Ketamine is influenced by your environment. One of the things I have every individual do is to list the 5 individuals who get their most time and energy and rate them as positive or negative. If any of the top 5 are negative then I don’t see lasting results.
  3. With ketamine growing in popularity many places are doing it for money and don’t really know how it works. This means you won’t be prepared to have the best results as they won’t review factors that would set you up for success or failure.
  4. Ketamine isn’t a one trick pony. There are many potential mechanisms, reasons, that contribute to depression. Ketamine is part of the picture to improve depression as it addresses a few mechanisms, but not all. If your labs are off: blood sugar, thyroid, hormones, anemia, vitamin D and other things then you aren’t set up for lasting success. Also, if you have unresolved concussions or your brain health isn’t good then results aren’t as good or simply don’t last in my experience.
  5. If you are on more than 2 psych medications in my experience then I don’t see individuals achieve the same results and it takes more time. Medications that are classified as benzodiazepines such as clonazepam, valium, and xanax alone prolong the amount of treatment needed to experience more pleasure.

OUR APPROACH TO KETAMINE THERAPY

Our focus is to support you. We recommend having a proper evaluation that not only makes sure it is safe to get ketamine, but that you are set up for lasting results. This entails a comprehensive evaluation to look at brain, mind, and body health. Remember there is more than one mechanism that contributes to depression.

When the approach is followed we see nearly 90% have great results with depression, anxiety, and ptsd. This is a reduction in all their symptom scores. Reminder, despite all the benefits that ketamine has, it isn’t a one trick pony and best results are always obtained with a comprehensive approach that addresses numerous aspects of health.


REFERENCES

  1. Muscat SA, Hartelius G, Crouch CR, Morin KW. An Integrative Approach to Ketamine Therapy May Enhance Multiple Dimensions of Efficacy: Improving Therapeutic Outcomes With Treatment Resistant Depression. Front Psychiatry. 2021 Nov 24;12:710338. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.710338. PMID: 34899408; PMCID: PMC8653702.
  2. Aleksandrova LR, Phillips AG. Neuroplasticity as a convergent mechanism of ketamine and classical psychedelics. Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2021 Nov;42(11):929-942. doi: 10.1016/j.tips.2021.08.003. Epub 2021 Sep 24. PMID: 34565579.
  3. 3. Dwyer JB, Landeros-Weisenberger A, Johnson JA, Londono Tobon A, Flores JM, Nasir M, Couloures K, Sanacora G, Bloch MH. Efficacy of Intravenous Ketamine in Adolescent Treatment-Resistant Depression: A Randomized Midazolam-Controlled Trial. Am J Psychiatry. 2021 Apr 1;178(4):352-362. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2020.20010018. Epub 2021 Mar 3. PMID: 33653121.

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