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Depression Specialist

West Michigan Ketamine Clinics

Mental Health clinic and Ketamine Clinic located in Grand Rapids, MI

It can take time to find a treatment program that works when you have depression, and sometimes finding the right therapy can be particularly difficult. At West Michigan Ketamine Clinics in Wyoming, Michigan, Nicholas Kolascz, CRNA, and the experienced team provides specialized ketamine infusion treatments that can help relieve the symptoms of severe depression. Even when you have treatment-resistant depression, a course of ketamine therapy could help. Call West Michigan Ketamine Clinics or book an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a chronic, disabling mental health condition that affects millions of Americans every year. Despite being widespread, depression is still sometimes misunderstood. A diagnosis of clinical depression or major depressive disorder is a serious health problem that requires expert care.

Depression bears little resemblance to the feeling of being sad after a bad day. It’s natural to feel low when things aren’t going your way, but it’s also normal to recover from these feelings quite quickly.

When you have depression, there’s an unending bleakness to virtually every moment of your life that goes on for months and even years if you don’t get the right treatment.

 

What are the symptoms of depression?

Symptoms of depression can vary between people, so no two people’s experience of depression is ever exactly the same. When you have depression, it’s common to feel negative emotions most or all of the time, such as:

  • Sadness
  • Tearfulness
  • Emptiness
  • Hopelessness
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Worthlessness
  • Guilt or self-blame

 

You’re likely to feel frustrated and have little patience for even the smallest problems. You might lose interest in the activities you usually enjoy, including sex. Some people who have depression develop insomnia, whereas others start sleeping for more extended periods.

Whichever path your depression takes, you’ll still feel tired and lethargic, and have problems with concentration, decision-making, and memory.

Some people also experience physical effects of depression, such as headaches, back pain, or stomachaches. You might stop eating and lose weight, or start using food for comfort and gain weight. If depression continues untreated, it can lead to thoughts of suicide, and might trigger suicidal acts.

 

What treatments are there for depression?

Treating depression isn’t a straightforward process, and there are several different approaches. Mild cases of depression often respond to psychotherapy. Medications like antidepressants are also helpful. For more severe cases of depression, the best results come from a combination of therapy and medication.

There are many different types of therapy and all sorts of different antidepressants, and it can be hard to find the combination that works for many patients. In some cases, these treatments don’t help, and you might look for alternatives, such as ketamine therapy.

Ketamine is FDA-approved to treat:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Severe chronic depression
  • Postpartum depression
  • Treatment-resistant depression

 

Ketamine is an anesthetic and painkilling medication that’s been used for many decades. When you receive ketamine intravenously, it helps reduce the symptoms of depression. The team at West Michigan Ketamine Clinics has particular expertise in using ketamine to help patients with depression. 

Call today to find out more or book an appointment online.