Depression Specialist

Austin Ketamine Specialists

Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in Austin, TX

Depression affects about 11 million people in the United States. If you’re one of them, you know how feelings of sadness, hopelessness, guilt, and despair can take over your life and stop you from enjoying many experiences. Standard depression treatments may help, but sometimes depression persists despite taking antidepressant medications. Ketamine infusion therapy offers hope for treatment-resistant depression. Whether you’ve tried other options or not, the experienced team at Austin Ketamine Specialists can help your depression symptoms with safe ketamine treatments. To schedule an appointment, call the Austin, Texas, office today, or request a complimentary consultation online.

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

Depression (major depressive disorder) involves intense, prolonged feelings of sorrow, worthlessness, or hopelessness. When you have depression, these negative emotions overpower your ability to feel hopeful, inspired or happy, and impact how you function in daily life and relate to other people. Depression can lead to problems with school, work, friends and family, and your physical health.

Multiple factors contribute to depression. Brain chemistry, genetics, hormone changes, and nutrition may play a role in the condition. Environmental factors can increase the risk of depression, such as physical or sexual abuse, traumatic events, and poverty.

What are the symptoms of depression?

In addition to a persistent, overwhelming sense that you’re powerless in the face of sadness and despair, depression may also result in the following symptoms: 

  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Suicidal thoughts

Other mental health disorders, such as anxiety, PTSD, or substance abuse, frequently occur in combination with depression.

How does ketamine treat depression?

Ketamine acts on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. These receptors interact with the brain’s neurotransmitters, amplifying the effects of mood enhancers like dopamine. Scientists also believe that ketamine stimulates the growth of new synapses, which form connections between neurons. By “rewiring” the brain, ketamine helps change your thought patterns and emotional responses. 

Ketamine acts much faster than conventional antidepressants, making it an effective, on-the-spot treatment option for severe depressive episodes. Ketamine infusion therapy reduces suicidal ideation, one of the most dangerous symptoms of depression, almost immediately. 

Because patients feel better after one treatment, they’re more likely to continue getting the help they need, further reducing the possibility of self-harm.

What should I expect from ketamine infusion therapy?

To determine if ketamine infusion therapy can help your depression, your expert provider at Austin Ketamine Specialists begins with a comprehensive evaluation. Before you begin your treatment, your provider explains the full process and answers any questions. 

Ketamine infusion therapy takes about 40 minutes to an hour, and your specialist monitors you during the treatment. Following your infusion, you rest at the clinic for another 30 minutes.

Austin Ketamine Specialists recommends clearing your schedule so you can relax for the rest of the day after your infusion. You must have someone else drive you home.

Most patients don’t have side effects, but occasionally, mild nausea or headaches occur following an infusion. These usually go away in a few hours. If your stomach feels upset, your specialist can give you anti-nausea medication. You can also request anti-nausea medication before your treatment if you’re prone to nausea. 

Call Austin Ketamine Specialists, or request a complimentary consultation online today for fast relief of treatment-resistant depression.