New Hope for Depression

By MANDY OAKLANDER, Time Health

Depression: Doctors Are Turning to Ketamine for Treatment 

About 30% of all people with depression don’t respond adequately to the available treatments. That’s a dismal failure rate for a class of drugs designed to improve a person’s basic ability to function…

Clinical depression affects 6.7% of U.S. adults, or about 16 million people, and a growing number of children and teenagers too. It’s the leading cause of disability in the world, costing the U.S. economy alone $210 billion a year in lost productivity, missed days of work and care for the many physical and mental illnesses related to depression, like anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, migraines and sleep disorders…

Ketamine trips are known to help people disconnect from their bodies and their thoughts, and it worked that way for Reiger. After her first trip, she remembers feeling better than she had for years.

“I immediately felt relief … a lightness of the depression kind of lifting,” says Reiger. And it all happened in less than an hour.

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