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 […]
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?
It seems every month, an article comes out touting the benefits of Ketamine infusion therapy in treating major depression, bipolar depression, postpartum depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain conditions. At Actify Neurotherapies, we are lucky enough to have treated thousands of patients with these conditions and […]
In the last few years, there has been significant media coverage about the “club drug” Ketamine being used to treat depression: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/mental-health/club-drug-Ketamine-rescues-suicidal-patients-study-n571571 Ketamine is an anesthetic agent with an over 50 year history of safe usage in the surgical arena. In the last 10+ years, it has become evident with several research studies and […]
May 06, 2014 | Steven P. Levine, MD When I first considered intravenous (IV) Ketamine to treat severely treatment-resistant depression (TRD) 4 years ago, I was in a scary, lonely place where I received a lot of skeptical questions and funny looks accompanying chirping crickets.
Apr 07, 2014 | Steven P. Levine, MD What do you crave: food, material possessions, love, attention, sex, sugar, chocolate, drugs, alcohol, praise, or power? For hundreds of thousands of people around the world, the answer is dirt. A few days ago, I came across an article on NPR about an upcoming documentary film called […]
Jan 13, 2014 | Steven P. Levine, MD One significant development in the psychiatry world for 2014 is the full implementation of mental health parity rules, which set new psychiatric and substance abuse treatment coverage requirements for most private insurance plans, as well as the Medicare system.