Conditions - Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a mood disorder characterized by a constant feeling of sadness and hopelessness. MDD is also known as clinical depression.

Feeling sad is a natural part of life, but clinical depression differs from a ‘bout of the blues.’ Depressive disorder, or clinical depression, is diagnosed when you experience a persistent feeling of intense despair.

Major depressive disorder affects your mood and behavior pattern but can also affect how you live by altering your sleep and appetite.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), MDD is one of the leading causes of impairment of functioning and healthin the world. It ranked number three worldwide as the cause of the burden of disease in 2008.

What to Expect

When you go into a KAP session, you will be asked to relax in a quiet room while you take the prescribed dose of Ketamine. Your therapist may play soft music and have you put on an eye mask to make your experience calm and therapeutic.

The drug takes about 10 minutes to take effect, and you will likely experience its dissociative effects. Your therapist will then guide you through a psychotherapy session for the next 45 minutes or so. For many people, the experience can act as a strong catalyst for change.

Ketamine can be administered in any of the following forms.

  • As a lozenge that dissolves under the tongue
  • As a nasal spray
  • As an intramuscular injection
  • As an injection into your vein

Expected side effects of ketamine can include dizziness, nausea, and rapid heartbeat.

Use Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy to Get the Help You Need

Finding the proper treatment when you have treatment-resistant depression can be challenging. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is one of the 200 treatment options our expert team can consider when developing your treatment plan.

If you want to explore using Ketamine assisted therapy, Options MD is here to help. 

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