Mental health can be a slippery slope. Many people have to worry about food, housing, stable employment, money, our health, their families – so many things clog our brains that we sometimes lose control of daily life. It can be easy to lose track of how we’re doing internally. While trying to juggle everything that life demands, it’s important to keep track of where we’re at, how we’re feeling, and what our general outlook is like.
What is anxiety?
“Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).”
These feelings of panic and anxiety meddle with daily life and can last for months.
What is depression?
“Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.”
Some kinds of depression are marginally different, but they may include postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, psychotic depression, persistent depressive disorder, and many others.
Who is affected?
Mental illness, a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder, like anxiety and depression, affects millions of people in the United States, including children, adolescents, and adults. As of 2019, the U.S. National Institutes of Mental Health reported there were more than 51 million adults who had any mental illness. Of that number, women (24.5 percent) are more affected than men (16.3 percent). People 18- to 25-years old are most at risk. More information is available.
Symptoms of anxiety and depression
Different mental health conditions have unique symptoms, but some may overlap. Here are the most common to look for with anxiety and depression.
- Nervousness, restlessness, tension.
- A sensation of imminent danger, doom, or panic.
- A fast heart rate.
- Rapid breathing.
- Sweating or trembling without exertion.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Sadness, desolation, tearfulness, or hopelessness.
- Anger, frustration, or irritability, even over minute issues.
- You’re no longer interested or find pleasure in hobbies and have low libido.
- You experience insomnia or sleep too much.
- Lack of energy, tiredness and even small tasks take more effort.
- Changes in appetite.
Diagnosing anxiety and depression
Successfully diagnosing anxiety and depression begins with a physical or mental health exam, where a doctor or therapist will ask about your symptoms, feelings, behavior, and personal and family history of mental illness. In either case, your symptoms will be compared to the criteria described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). The DSM-5 is the go-to source for describing many forms of mental illness and related disorders.
Treating anxiety naturally
Most doctors will recommend that patients follow a standard treatment plan to manage symptoms of anxiety. This includes some type of individual or group therapy, self-help, hospitalization, or anti-depressant medicine. Ketamine is a possibility, as well as nutritional and herbal supplements – think kava, passionflower, chamomile, valerian, lavender, lemon balm, and worthy choices.
Treating depression without medicine
Treatment-resistant depression is a serious mental illness that persists after regular psychotherapy and typical antidepressant medications. You may use ketamine as an alternative, but if you wish to pursue other treatments, you might try connecting with family and friends, light exercise, confronting your fears, and eating healthy.
Ketamine: a powerful option
In 1962, U.S. scientists synthesized a new medicine called ketamine. Human trials began in 1964, and very soon afterward, its power was tested on the battlefields of Vietnam as a pre-and post-surgical anesthetic for wounded American combat troops. Throughout the 1960s, researchers and the general public discovered its mind-altering and therapeutic elements, and it became a fixture in the counterculture movement of the era.
Ketamine received formal approval in 1970 from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for human use. In the decade that followed, more investigation occurred as researchers began unlocking the medicine’s efficacy beyond sedation. Suspicions that ketamine could alter the brain’s recognition and perception of pain were put to the test, and evidence was discovered soon afterward of its ability to strengthen weak or damaged neurotransmitters in the brain. This has led to its treatment of depression, anxiety, other mental illness, and chronic pain disorders.
An innovative treatment option, ketamine therapy has had impressive results addressing the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Research has shown ketamine to be effective where other treatments are sub-par.
Ketamine stimulates the growth and regrowth of neurons in the brain, which can help patients reshape negative thought patterns. 70% of patients find relief from the symptoms of depression and anxiety after a series of IV ketamine infusions. Contact us today to learn more about how this innovative new treatment option can help!