Feeling sad every now and then due to life’s challenges is normal. However, when these emotional lows last for too long or become too severe, it may be due to depression. While therapy and conventional treatments for depression are the best methods to treat depression initially, Stefany Wolfsohn, MD, at Ventura Center for Advanced Therapeutics in Camarillo, California works with patients who are not getting relief with traditional therapies, and who are considered to have “treatment-resistant” depression. We use a holistic approach , including ketamine therapy, to help patients manage their depression and get back to the lives that they love. Call or contact us today to schedule your first appointment.
If you suffer from depression, you’re not alone. According to the World Health Organization, millions of Americans experience a depressive episode each year. Understanding the difference between common sadness and depression is important. Depression includes intense feelings of sadness, helplessness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, change in appetite, loss of enjoyment for things that were once pleasurable, difficulty with concentration, thoughts of suicide and hopelessness.
Experts have developed specific criteria for diagnosing depression based on evaluating a list of potential symptoms and the length of time that the symptoms have been present. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have depression, it is important to seek professional care.
Depression can take many shapes and may appear differently in people. The most well-known symptom is a feeling of intense sadness. Other symptoms may include:
In addition to mental and emotional changes, it’s possible to have physical symptoms as well. You may experience joint and back pain, changes in weight, or digestive problems, among other changes.
Fortunately for those who suffer from depression, there are effective treatments. Therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes can all help. For those who have tried these types of treatments without success, there is an alternative method of treatment. Dr. Wolfsohn and the team at Ventura Center for Advanced Therapeutics provide patients with individualized ketamine therapies in combination with IV hydration and vitamin supplements designed to improve depressive symptoms and to extend the benefits of ketamine.
While it’s still an emerging treatment for depression, ketamine appears to have a beneficial effect on the brain’s synapses and neurotransmitters involved in regulating mood. Ketamine has been shown to be effective in reducing many symptoms of depression, including suicidality, for some people suffering from the disorder who haven’t responded to more conventional therapies.
One of the key benefits of ketamine is that it can act quickly to alleviate depressive symptoms, giving it an advantage over other, slower-acting approaches. The team at Ventura Center for Advanced Therapeutics offers their patients individualized ketamine treatments which typically involve IV ketamine infusions over other routes of administration. Ketamine treatments are sometimes combined with ketamine assisted psychotherapy and IV hydrations/vitamin infusions to extend the benefits of ketamine.
To learn more about depression, and ways to treat it, call or go online today to request your first appointment at Ventura Center for Advanced Therapeutics.