Ketamine can treat depression as effectively as electroconvulsive therapy

Ketamine can treat depression as effectively as electroconvulsive therapy

The “dissociative anesthetic” ketamine is looking increasingly promising as a safe and effective treatment for intractable depression. A new randomized study by researchers in the United States has shown that ketamine injections are at least as effective as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in treating nonpsychotic forms of major depression. After starting ECT or ketamine therapy, patients … Read more

The ketamine clinic may give depression sufferers a new treatment

The ketamine clinic may give depression sufferers a new treatment

Individuals suffering from depression may be able to find new hope in the form of an old drug known as ketamine through a private clinic called KetaMind which offers ketamine as a treatment for depression. KetaMind was recently opened in Israel and founded by psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Seidman and emergency medicine specialist Prof. Michael Drescher. … Read more

Ketamine has been found to be effective in treatment-resistant depression

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In a clinical study of 403 patients, Massachusetts General Brigham researchers found that 55 percent of those receiving ketamine treatment experienced sustained improvement in depressive symptoms without major side effects. The new study led by MGB compared subanesthetic intravenous ketamine with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for the treatment of non-psychotic and treatment-resistant depression. The findings are … Read more