Ketamine: Is it the best cure for depression?

Ketamine: Is it the best cure for depression?

Ketamine is known as a psychedelic illicit drug. Also referred to as ‘Special K’ or often called a ‘horse tranquilizer’, the drug has been around for many years – since the 1960s.

It was used as an anesthetic in various emergency rooms and burn centers. As per the studies conducted in the last 10 years, it became evident that Ketamine can significantly reverse suicidal depression in just a few minutes, which usually remains untreated even by many antidepressants.

So how does Ketamine, initially a club drug, really work?

Ketamine does no wonder except for blocking the flow of many NMDA receptors. Due to this, the glutamate molecules – the main neurotransmitter responsible for communication between intricate brain cells – loses their effectiveness.

As a result, the mechanism of a consistent flow of these molecules – creating our reality around us – starts falling apart. The synchronized neurons start breaking down and your reality starts to drift. And that is why ‘Ketamine’ is also known as a dissociative. To be precise, it helps you in dissociating from pain by slowing down the flow of glutamate and eventually, you get temporary relief.

Is it good to treat depression by taking Ketamine?

Considering the many proven and appropriate treatments of depression available now, Ketamine should not be viewed as an easy cure for depression. Ketamine is not helpful for all of us either. Even if an acute series of treatments by Ketamine is provided to a person for several weeks, periodic maintenance and treatment by means of traditional antidepressant would still be required later on.

However, as per the studies, Ketamine is particularly ideal in situations where a person needs treatment for resistant depression, and has failed in responding to treatments, by many traditional antidepressants.

Ketamine also helps in alleviating suicidal ideations and can also be seen as a rapid solution to alleviate many depressive symptoms, which remain untreated by other antidepressants.

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Ketamine is known as a psychedelic illicit drug. Also referred to as ‘Special K’ or often called a ‘horse tranquilizer’, the drug has been around for many years – since the 1960s.

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