Ketamine’s long, strange trip to becoming the next revolution in mental health medication. This summer, Cameron McArthur sat in a clinic in Denver, an infusion pump slowly introducing ketamine to his bloodstream. As the drug worked its way through his veins to his brain, Cameron experienced a sensation of unfurling, “like a time-lapse video of … Read more
In 2006, psychiatrist Carlos A. Zarate Jr, MD, and colleagues at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) published a seminal finding in Archives of General Psychiatry (now JAMA Psychiatry): A single intravenous dose of ketamine—an anesthetic agent with hallucinogenic properties—produced robust antidepressant effects in patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) compared with placebo. The effects … Read more
Getting a Bipolar Disorder diagnosis is like jumping into an unknown pool. The initial plunge – the instant your body breaks water – can feel like a shock to your system. But once you’re there, in the water, if given the proper tools and support, you may find you’re able to swim, and that life … Read more
Mental illness is extremely tough — both struggling through it yourself, to having a loved one who is struggling with it. I have been on both sides of the coin. Currently, I am dealing with anxiety and depression. I have dealt with it for the past six years, and every single day is a blessing … Read more
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October 20, 2017 — Editor’s note: This article has been updated from its previous versions. The seemingly ever-expanding business of off-label ketamine infusion therapy for treatment-resistant depression (TRD), along with a host of other conditions, appears to be unchecked by any regulatory or legislative oversight ― raising both ethical and safety concerns among clinicians and … Read more
A look into the lives of seven young people living with mental illness, told in their own words. Not Broken is a new original one-hour documentary from Arizona Public Media that presents a candid, unflinching, yet hopeful portrait of youth living with mental health challenges. The participants featured in the film represent a range of … Read more