September 28, 2016
Ketamine clinics have popped up all over country to administer the drug to patients suffering from major depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. What benefits can this clinical anesthetic turned street drug provide to those suffering from these conditions?
Most antidepressant drugs target the serotonin system in ways that increase availability of that precious neurotransmitter. Psychiatrists prescribe drugs that either block the breakdown or reuptake of serotonin. The current antidepressant medications work in many cases but not for everyone. Dr. Irving Kirsch and colleagues from Harvard Medical School rehashed old data from a 2008 study, and they found that many antidepressants didn’t have any significant effect compared to a placebo—though these results are still contested. Read more.
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