One patient, Maggie, said that when she got her first infusion she was aware enough to change the tunes on her iPod, albeit slowly, but was “transported into a completely different dimension.” She added, “Everything there is completely vibrant or molten.” The trip ended quickly, but within hours, a lifetime of depression began to lift. “Never ever ever before have I felt like that,” said Maggie, 53, who lives in Orange County, Calif., and spoke on the condition that her full name not be used because of the stigma associated with depression. “I woke up the next morning, and I didn’t take an antidepressant for the first time in 20 years.”Is that sustainable? I guess we'll find out.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Ketamine and Depression
The Times has a long article on ketamine treatment for depression. A quick summary would be that it has dramatic benefits for some people but nobody knows what the long term effects might be. Studies of addicts have shown that the street version (Special K) can damage your brain. But there are lots of stories like this: