Ketamine infusions show growing promise for treating anxiety and depression

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Following a total of 10 infusions, there was a 72% response rate among participants and remission of depressive symptoms increased to 38%. Photo: Pexels


(Brian Mastroianni/ Health) — Ketamine, a substance traditionally used as an anesthetic, has been found to be beneficial for treating mental health issues including depression and anxiety.

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Pyschiatry revealed that people who received intravenous ketamine treatments showed clear improvement in their anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation symptoms.

While the new research leaves some unanswered gaps, it joins a growing body of studies that indicate ketamine treatment could become more widely accessible in the coming years for those looking for effective mental health treatments. It’s a development that is especially relevant during an era when a burgeoning national—and global—mental health crisis means experts are looking for new ways to reach people who need support. (…)

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