Is Ketamine Therapy Right for You?

Is Ketamine Therapy Right for You?

Ketamine Infusion Therapy may be the appropriate solution for a patient who has been diagnosed with treatment resistant depression. Patients with severe depressive disorders, bi-polar depression, post-partum depression, and other acute anxiety conditions may be suitable candidates for Ketamine Therapy.

If the patient has tried traditional in-patient treatments, medicine or other forms of treatment, but has not achieved a satisfactory response, they should consider ketamine infusions as the next step. Hard working and tremendous Dr. Steven Mandel of the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles provides ketamine infusion treatments to patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and surrounding locations.


Depression Therapy Comparison Guide


Post-Traumatic Stress

Ketamine Therapy is not for someone with a mild condition of depression, situational depression, or temporary mood swings. It is ideally suited for patients of severe depression, which often results from post-traumatic stress.

While this stress does not necessarily have to be the result of ‘war wounds’, it may arise from bullying, sexual abuse, abandonment, neglect, or severe depravity experienced during the developmental years.

This state of depression often does not reveal symptoms for a decade or more following the trauma. Ketamine Infusion Therapy can successfully treat patients suffering from post-traumatic stress and subsequent depression.

Ketamine infusions are also most beneficial for patients with recurrent suicidal thoughts, who require immediate mood stabilization. Patients who have had little to no success with conventional treatments for depression can achieve optimal results with IV ketamine.


Characteristics of a Candidate

Patients who are facing or more of the following scenarios will typically make good candidates for Ketamine Therapy:

  • The patient wants to gain relief faster than the weeks or months that a conventional depression medication treatment may take.
  • The patient is having suicidal thoughts or is otherwise incapable of normal function and seeks immediate relief.
  • The patient has been suffering from depression for a fairly long period and other medications have not resolved the condition.
  • The patient is experiencing unremitting, severe depression such as Major Depressive Disorder.
  • The patient is going through postpartum depression.
  • The patient is experiencing episodes of bi-polar depression.
  • The current medications for depression have ceased helping the patient.


External Therapists

In many cases, a patient seeking Ketamine Infusion Therapy for depression may already have an outside therapist or psychiatrist. In such cases, the candidate can still receive ketamine infusions, and the ketamine expert will work with the physician to incorporate the Ketamine Therapy into their existing treatment plan.


Using Conventional Medications

Some patients may be already using conventional medications for depression, and still seek ketamine infusions. Ketamine Therapy can work both as an independent procedure and in combination with oral depression medication. The treatment provider may recommend continuation of the oral medication during the ketamine infusion program, but individual cases may vary.

In some cases, where a previously effective conventional depression therapy has ceased working, ketamine may act as a trigger, enabling the therapy to work again after the IV ketamine series. Dr. Mandel receives patients from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and other cities and communities in Southern California for ketamine infusion treatments for depression and other disorders.

For more information about treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625 

Treating patients from LA, Beverly Hills, Orange County, San Diego, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Sacramento,CA,  Las Vegas, NV and many other cities from west to east coast.


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