People suffering from unipolar depression can become treatment-resistant — a situation where they do not respond to conventional treatments or therapies and cannot get their mood disorder under control. Ketamine therapy is proving to be especially effective for the treatment of mood disorders, including unipolar depression, bipolar depression, and similar disorders. We offer low-dose ketamine infusions to provide relief from symptoms of depression.
Understanding Unipolar Depression
Unlike bipolar depression, sufferers of unipolar depression only experience a depressed mood for a certain period. In most cases, a depressive episode lasts for at least two weeks and the sufferer experiences symptoms most of the day, or nearly every day, during the episode.
Symptoms may include loss of interest or pleasure, irritability, an abnormal depressed mood, sleep disturbances, loss of energy, and thoughts of death or suicide. These symptoms are not related to a physical illness, side effects of medication, alcohol, or street drugs and it’s important to note there is no manic or hypomanic episode. The goal of treatment is to reduce or eliminate symptoms so the sufferer has a more stable mood.
Unipolar Depression Treatment Options
Antidepressant medications, sometimes administered at therapeutic doses, combined with psychotherapy is a common form of treatment for unipolar depression. However, antidepressants are not without their side effects and some can interfere with daily life because of their sedative effects. Common medications and treatment options for unipolar depression include:
- Tricyclic antidepressant (TCAs), such as imipramine and nortriptyline, to improve mood
- Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, or Zoloft to improve mood
- Second generation antidepressants, such as Buproprion, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Desyrel, Serzone, and Remeron
- Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
- Psychotherapy for support, alone or with medication
- As a last resort, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), usually recommended for treating major depressive disorder
Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Unipolar Depression
Recent findings published in the Neural Regeneration Research journal reveal ketamine infusion therapy has lasting benefits for patient with depression and does not increase the risk of addiction. Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles provides low-dose ketamine infusions for depression and most patients see relief within one to two days after their second infusion.
Patients undergoing ketamine therapy for unipolar depression do not need to worry about the side effects associated with antidepressants, SSRIs, and MAOIs. In many cases, depressive symptoms are lifted within a matter of weeks, reducing or eliminating dependence on prescription medications. Patients who have been unable to get relief from depressive symptoms with conventional therapies and treatments may be ideal candidates for ketamine infusion therapy.
Get Treatment for Unipolar Depression Today
If you or a loved one is suffering from unipolar depression, consider the benefits of ketamine infusion therapy to relieve symptoms. Complete a free Depression Assessment or contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles to learn more about the benefits of ketamine therapy for mood disorders.