Depression Specialist

Illumma

Ketamine Infusion Therapy located in Central, Austin, TX

When depression drains your energy and your soul feels empty, ketamine therapy can offer hope. Ken Adolph, MD, and the compassionate team at Illumma in Austin, Texas, have extensive experience offering safe and effective ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine works even when antidepressants fail and often produces such quick and dramatic results that it’s like flipping a switch. The dark burden of depression evaporates, flooding your life with light and hope for the future. To learn more about ketamine for depression, schedule a free consultation by calling the office or connecting with the team online.

Depression Q & A

How does depression differ from the blues?

When you have the blues, you feel sad, lonely, and unmotivated. But most people with the blues still go about their daily life, knowing that before long, they will bounce back and feel better.

Depression causes similar but more intense feelings, and it doesn’t get better on its own. Instead, depression gets worse because it’s associated with an imbalance of brain chemicals. 

As your depression continues and your energy declines, you can’t enjoy your family and friends or remember the things that make you feel happy and fulfilled. People with clinical depression need help with finding their way back to a thriving life.

What symptoms will I have if I’m depressed?

When you’re depressed, you may:

  • Feel sad, worthless, or hopeless
  • Develop intense fatigue
  • Lose interest in your favorite activities
  • Gain or lose weight
  • Sleep more or less than normal
  • Find it hard to concentrate
  • Lose your appetite
  • Feel restless
  • Have thoughts of suicide

 

Depression also affects your physical health, causing problems like chronic pain, headaches, and stomach problems.

What is ketamine and how does it treat depression?

Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication that’s used as a pain reliever and an anesthetic during surgery and outpatient procedures.

When ketamine is administered in a subanesthetic dose, however, it quickly lifts depression by causing a surge in a brain chemical called glutamate. By comparison, antidepressants take weeks to treat depression — if they work at all — because they target other brain chemicals.

Ketamine also triggers the growth of new nerve connections, improving nerve pathways and creating a more adaptable brain. 

Low-dose ketamine treats major depressive disorder, treatment-resistant depression, and bipolar depression. Ketamine infusion therapy typically produces such quick results that it’s also recommended for suicidal patients.

What should I expect during ketamine infusion therapy?

After you complete the paperwork online and have your initial telephone consultation with your Illumma provider, you schedule a series of ketamine infusions.

Though many people feel their depression lift after their first treatment, you will achieve optimal and longer-lasting results through a series of six infusions administered over 2-4 weeks.

During your infusion, you relax in a reclining chair. Your Illumma provider starts an intravenous line and then lets ketamine slowly infuse into your body. 

It takes an hour for the infusion, but you’ll also spend time in the office for your pre-infusion preparation and during your recovery after the infusion.

If therapy and antidepressants failed to help your depression, call Illumma or schedule an appointment online today.