Anxiety & Depression: a Functional Medical Approach
Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination.
Are you anxious or depressed? Your psychiatrist or practitioner may have discussed possible treatments with you. These treatments typically include anti- depressant medications and different psychological therapies, such as counseling.
Most traditional depression and anxiety drugs, which act on the brain’s serotonin system, can take more than a month to kick in and are ineffective for up to 40 percent of people with major depression. Pharmaceutical companies are quick to pick up on this problem, but conventional medicine cannot cure it.
Ketamine: A new hope
Ketamine is an FDA approved drug that has been used as an anesthetic and sedation agent since the 1960’s. It has been used safely in high doses in thousands of hospitals throughout the world.
Medical trials have shown that in low doses Ketamine can improve feelings of depression and anxiety, with results lasting up to seven days. It has proven to be a great alternative for individuals with depression who have not responded to traditional treatment.
Currently prescribed antidepressants (SSRIs, SNRIs, and, SNDRIs) act primarily on the brain chemicals serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Ketamine activates a different chemical system in the brain, the glutamate system. It works by blocking the N-methyl- D-aspartate (NMDA) pathway, which generates rapid antidepressant effects as well as decreasing thoughts of suicide. Antidepressant medications can take weeks to be effective. The immediate relief of depressive symptoms seen with ketamine is certainly beneficial in those with severe mood disorders.
Rising Health Specialty Clinic provides low dose Ketamine infusions in a safe, well monitored, professional setting for patients suffering with severe depression and mood disorder who have been resistant to traditional therapy. Ketamine treatment is only administered as a co-management therapy with routine psychiatric evaluations. A neurotransmitter urine test is required on all patients prior to therapy. Balancing of all neurotransmitters with nutraceuticals will be done in conjunction with Ketamine therapy.
Ketamine does require ongoing maintenance, as it is still unknown how long the effects will last. Each patient will respond to therapy differently. At Rising Health we believe that ketamine, in conjunction with psychological support and other integrated wellness programs, can help those with severe depression and mood disorders experience a life with little to no symptoms.
Addressing Underlying Causes
When we think about anxiety and depression through a functional medicine perspective, we want to consider what are the underlying causes that lead to anxiety in the first place. Gut issues, HPA axis disfunction and nutrient deficiencies are only some of the things that can cause anxiety and depression. Emerging research, for instance, reveals a gut-brain connection. When it comes to the gut, most physicians and scientists miss what is right in front of us, because we are looking for solutions in the wrong place. Ketamine helps us provide immediate relief from these debilitating conditions but at Rising Health we can also help you get to the root causes of your anxiety and depression.
By working with one of our trained practitioners we can help you navigate your way through and out of your anxiety and depression and experience healing. When you fix your body, you fix your brain. We will help you optimize nutrition, balance hormones, reduce inflammation, fix digestion, enhance detoxification, boost energy metabolism and calm your mind.
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