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I just finished my 3rd ketamine infusion. The protocol is for 6 treatments over 2-3 weeks. I'll be doing mine over 3 because the holidays get in the way. That's good anyway because current research says 3x per week is no better than 2.
Results: I may have felt some minor improvements after the first 2 treatments but nothing like the clouds suddenly parting and bright sun shining on my face. I took low doses because my 1st infusion panicked me a bit. I felt a little better the rest of the day after infusions 2 and 3. The 3rd infusion was a 20% higher dose and maybe we will continue going up.
I plan to finish the final 3 infusions. Research shows results to be cumulative so there is potential that my results will improve with additional treatments. The Doc even mentioned this, concerned that some of her early patients may have quit too soon, where she has now seen good results happening after treatments 5 and 6. I wish I would have seen huge immediate results but so far that's not the case.
Note, I live in the US. There are ketamine specialty clinics here and most would probably let you try it if you felt the need. Ketamine is only experimental for depression but it's been gaining popularity over the last 10 years. Because of this it's not an approved therapy, and not covered by most insurance here. I pay out of pocket, $500 USD per session (6 sessions for the initial protocol). Do the math, and this may tell you how I view the severity of my experience. The drug itself is cheap, the high expense is the cost of the physician's time. In other countries, these treatments could turn out to be far less expensive.
I've struggled with depression my whole life, but had been managing the last 5 years or so. 6 months ago some bad events happened and I've been in the deepest, darkest hole of my life. Yes, I have motivation issues now. Bad sleep, bad self care...which all reinforce the depression cycle. This may not be a total depression cure, but hopefully can "shock" my system to help get me on my feet. I would highly suggest holistic co-treatment: CBT, good diet, exercise, sleep, social life.
Anxiety: There have been good results with PTSD patients which could be considered an anxiety condition. It would be worth researching.
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