In 2017, 17.3 million adults in the United States experienced a severe episode of depression, and over 16.1 million have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. Of those 16.1 million, 38.3% are not receiving adequate treatment for this debilitating illness. However, Ketamine Infusion Therapy has become an effective treatment for adult depression.
How Does Ketamine Infusion Therapy Work For Adults?
Ketamine works much faster and more efficiently than typical antidepressants. Antidepressants may take weeks, if not longer, before they start having an effect on our patients, but ketamine works within a few hours and in much smaller doses.
Ketamine blocks the NMDA receptors. In doing so, it stimulates the AMPA receptors, which stimulates new receptors and synapses in the brain. For neurotransmission to occur, brain cells must send a neurochemical to the synapse. The synapse resides between neurons, and essentially works as a bridge that allows neurons to send signals to other neurons, which is how our body transmits messages to the brain. But there’s a second component necessary for this to work. In order for a neighboring cell to get the message and continue passing it along, the neurochemical has to bind to a receptor, which is simply a protein found in the brain cells.
By stimulating synapses and receptors, Ketamine aids in their connection and communication, which significantly reduces severe depressive or suicidal thoughts, like those that occur in patients who suffer from Major Depressive Disorders (MDD).
Outpatient Programs For Depression Treatment in Houston
Because of how effective ketamine is in treating depression symptoms in adults, they are able to dedicate time to therapeutic methods for recovering from depression and other behavioral health issues, such as anxiety.
At Sacred Oak Medical Center in Houston, we care about treating not only the symptoms but also the root cause. To achieve this, we offer a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), as well as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
Our outpatient program for behavioral health offers a highly structured environment for our patients, which gives them some level of independence to continue their normal day-to-day activities, but also provides a strict schedule to tend to their recovery. This program lasts 6 weeks and consists of individual therapy sessions a month, as well as group sessions every week with each session lasting 3 hours. Depending on the individual’s case, our medical professionals may recommend more sessions in order to ensure our patients get the treatment they deserve.
Sacred Oak Medical Staff Will Customize Your Houston Adult Depression Treatment
We are dedicated to helping individuals live healthier lives. If you would like to know whether ketamine infusion therapy is an option for your depression treatment, then please get an assessment so we can help you get started on the road to recovery.