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Treatment-resistant Depression

Ketamine treatment


Breakthrough Ketamine Treatment for Depression in the Eastern Shore – Salisbury, MD.

Ketamine infusion therapy for treatment-resistant depression is a breakthrough treatment modality that is changing the way in which depression and other mental health conditions are being treated. While traditional antidepressant medications might take four to eight weeks to reach therapeutic levels and start working, ketamine infusion delivers fast, effective and safe results. Some clients experience relief of their symptoms after the first infusion, while others might experience an improvement after more infusions, as it works differently in different people.  

Looking for an Alternative Treatment Approach for Treatment-Resistant Depression?

Ketamine infusion therapy has been showing proven results in alleviating the symptoms of treatment-resistant depression in individuals who tried traditional antidepressant medications, without much success. Intravenous ketamine is a rapid, safe and effective treatment approach, that is delivered through a series of sessions (6), followed by maintenance sessions/infusions.

What is Ketamine and how does Ketamine Infusion for Treatment-Resistant Depression Work?

Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that has been used for over 50 years in many hospitals and clinics during surgical procedures, and/or other procedures that require anesthesia. Ketamine is a noncompetitive glutamate N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, with lower affinity for serotonin, dopamine, opioid, and other receptors. In the last few years, it was noted that when ketamine was administered in sub-anesthetic doses (doses lower than the traditional ones used in operating rooms), patients reported improvement in their depressive symptoms, which led researchers to study its effectiveness in treating mental health conditions such as depression. Ketamine infusion for treatment-resistant depression works by promoting neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to rewire its connections, in order to function in ways that are different from how it was previously functioning. Ketamine aids neurons (the brain cells) to change through growth and reorganization, promoting new pathways of communication between neurons, which were previously affected by depression. 

What to Expect During the Infusions/Sessions?

During the infusions/sessions, you will be placed in a safe, quiet and comfortable room. We will administer ketamine via intravenous infusion, which is one of the most effective ways of medication administration. Throughout the infusion, you are being monitored by our highly trained medical professionals, to ensure your safety and comfort. The series of infusions are provided over a period of 2-3 weeks/weekends, with each session lasting approximately a total of 60 minutes, which includes the infusion time (40 min) and recovery time (20 min). These six initial sessions are followed by maintenance infusions over the next month or two, and throughout the year.  

Is Ketamine Infusion Covered by Insurance?

Since ketamine infusion for the treatment of mental health conditions is considered “off-label”, it is currently not completely covered by insurance providers. However, there are ways that we can help you to get the most of what your insurance can offer.