Ketamine and Depression


Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. Many such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also commonly co-occur with depression.

We understand that failure to appropriately manage and treat anxiety decreases your quality of life. IV Ketamine may be able to help people struggling with anxiety disorders who have not responded to traditional medications.

IV ketamine’s use for anxiety disorders has been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms rapidly and sustainably, enabling individuals undergoing Ketamine therapy to “make substantial changes to their lives – for example, employment, study, making friends, engaging socially, and traveling” (Psychiatric News). For some, relief is immediate, for others, they feel relief after the full cycle.

What Causes Clinical Depression?


Clinical depression can pass through genetics from relatives who also suffered from depression.

Brain Signals:

Neurotransmitters within the brain may not be responding to how they should. This miscommunication causes feelings of depression to intensify.

Chemical Imbalances:

Research shows that the chemical structure of the brain is wired differently in those with clinical depression.

Hormonal Irregularities:

Clinical depression is sometimes triggered when the hormones in the body are unbalanced. Some bodily changes (like pregnancy, thyroid problems, or menopause) may be responsible for these irregularities.

Some of the typical diagnoses of depressive disorders may include:

Some of the typical diagnoses of depressive disorders may include:

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD):

Also known as clinical depression or unipolar depression. The most common form of depression. It can be just a single episode, but some people may experience it periodically throughout their lives.

Postpartum Depression:

A type of depression usually brought on by the hormonal shifts women experience the months or years following childbirth.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):

This type of depression is caused by a change in the circadian rhythm of the body, usually bringing on depression during a specific season of the year.

Situational Depression:

While the symptoms are much like major depressive disorder, this is depression brought on by a specific event, such as the death of a loved one or a life-threatening event.

Persistent Depression:

Also known as dysthymia or chronic depression, this is depression that can affect sufferers for two years or more.

Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorder:

Characterized by periods of mania alternating with periods of intense depression.

Overview: IV Ketamine for anxiety at Vitality Medical Infusions

  • Ketamine is administered intravenously (IV) over 45 to 60 minutes, for a series of six infusions, generally every other day over a 2-3 week period. Our clinic has flexible hours to develop an infusion schedule that works for you.
  • Studies have demonstrated that the effects can last from several weeks to several months.
  • Occasionally, a booster infusion may be necessary to continue to extend the benefits of your initial series of infusions and keep your anxiety symptoms in remission.
  • In general, patients feel effects within the first 3-4 treatments and are recommended to continue their regular care with a mental health practitioner, as well as their current drug regimen.
  • Maintain ongoing, regular contact with both your Primary Care Provider and your primary Mental Health Provider during and after your series of ketamine infusions.
  • Cost: Each infusion is $550. Total cost for the full series of 6 infusions is $3,300. We also offer a military discount.

How do I get started?

  • Contact Vitality Medical Infusions to schedule your free initial consultation.
  • Complete and submit the patient information form.