Feb 1, 2018 | Steven P. Levine, MD The general consensus is that we distrust pharmaceutical companies because: They make lifesaving products that in a perfect world, would be free. They make healthy profits, despite stagnant innovation, and on relatively ineffective products. They are nameless and faceless corporations, making it easier to distrust them. But […]
“I’m going to give you a shot of Ketamine to help with the pain,” yelled the medic as I was loaded onto the helicopter. An hour earlier, I was leading my soldiers on a mission in Afghanistan. Now I was in danger of losing my leg because of a roadside bomb. It was September 26, 2010, and my world had been turned upside down.
It’s common for people with mental illness to rebel against their medications. When I began taking SSRIs, I often skipped a day’s dose. Sometimes, I’d skip more than a day; other times, I’d wean myself off entirely. I can only speak for myself when I say that the rebellion against psychiatric medication is a normal response […]
There’s a resounding consensus among Special K users—they are seeking an enhanced experience. But for people who are seeking relief of their current experience (such as those with depression, bipolar depression, PTSD, anxiety disorder, or a chronic pain condition), are they seeking something different? What separates the use of Ketamine therapy from the use of […]
I often imagine what my life would have been like if mental illness didn’t show up and usually conclude it would have been like my life prior to mental illness. I was blessed with 12 years of clear time prior to my first breakdown and rely heavily on my recollections from this period as substitutes […]
You may be tired of hearing some, all, or more than just the following: You’re not trying hard enough. You didn’t stick it out. It won’t work if you miss an appointment. Why aren’t you in therapy? You should be in therapy. If so, this post may be for you.
“If you commit suicide, your soul will suffer for entirety. It’s a selfish decision, unfair to your family and friends. Your funeral will be awkward. Killing yourself means you’re weak. So hang in there and roll with the punches. It will eventually get better.” – Society If you ended your life, your family will suffer. […]
It is widely recognized among mental healthcare providers that depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States, which is often treated successfully with antidepressants and psychotherapy. However, many patients do not respond to the traditional treatments for depression, greatly impacting one’s quality of life. Depression is well established as […]
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): The Bedrock of Depression Treatment & How Ketamine Infusions Can Help When SSRIs Aren’t Working! At Actify Neurotherapies, patients who receive Ketamine infusion therapy to treat their depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders have often failed two or more medication trials and often these failed medications include selective serotonin reuptake […]
Ketamine Infusions for Depression, Anxiety, and other Mood and Pain Conditions: Does the Route of Administration Matter?
Intravenous (IV) Ketamine infusions are very successful in treating patients suffering from depression, bipolar depression, postpartum depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain syndromes like complex regional pain syndrome. At Actify Neurotherapies, we perform IV (intravenous) Ketamine infusions, but does the route of administration matter?