Ketamine Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects many patients in the Philadelphia, Doylestown, and Bala Cynwyd areas each year. As the fall and winter, months approach, patients affected by SAD experience symptoms of depression which deteriorate their quality of life.
Ketamine Wellness Infusions PA is happy to offer ketamine therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Continue reading to learn more about how ketamine can help alleviate symptoms of depression in this article.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder that occurs at the same time every year. It is most predominantly seen throughout the fall and winter months when days become shorter and there is less sunlight. The disorder is heavily influenced by changing seasons and is a subtype of major depressive and bipolar disorders.
This form of depression is seen in women more than men and more commonly affects patients in northern parts of the United States.
SAD affects about 4-6% of the US population each year. Ten to 20% of patients diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder are diagnosed with mild symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms
Patients diagnosed with SAD experience symptoms of depression 4-5 months out of the year. Symptoms of SAD are frequently seen in other major depressive disorders.
The most common symptoms are:
- Trouble sleeping
- Changes in appetite
- Weight gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased energy
- Social withdrawal
- Lack of interest in activities
- Difficulty concentrating
Causes and Treatment
Healthcare professionals suggest patients diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder may have reduced serotonin levels, Vitamin D deficiencies, and/or increased melatonin levels.
DIY remedies for treating SAD include increasing sunlight exposure, planning time outside, regular exercise, and consistent sleep patterns.
Patients who are diagnosed with a mild form of Seasonal Affective Disorder may benefit from at-home remedies; however, patients with underlying conditions like bipolar disorder or other major depressive disorders will need professional treatment to combat symptoms.
Traditional treatment options for Seasonal Affective Disorder are antidepressants, light therapy, and/or cognitive behavioral therapy.
In recent years, ketamine therapy has been proven to help alleviate symptoms of depression and SAD when used in conjunction with traditional treatment methods.
How does Ketamine Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Ketamine is an effective treatment option for major depressive disorders and can be recommended as adjunctive therapy for patients with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Ketamine therapy is especially effective for patients with a more severe form of SAD coupled with underlying conditions like bipolar disorder or other major depressive disorders. Ketamine has been proven more effective when combined with cognitive behavioral therapy than traditional antidepressants. Patients have found relief from their symptoms after their first treatment.
Ketamine is administered intravenously and improves nerve connections in your brain by balancing the brain chemical glutamate. Improved glutamate levels lead to a decrease in symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Get Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder at Ketamine Wellness Infusions PA
Ketamine Wellness Infusions PA professionals are happy to offer ketamine therapy as an alternative treatment option for Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Our team works closely with healthcare providers in the Philadelphia, Doylestown, and Bala Cynwyd areas to create a custom treatment plan to help alleviate symptoms of SAD and other depressive disorders. Working together with your provider will benefit your treatment outcomes, which is our main goal!
Contact our team of professionals today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve better days ahead.
How Does Ketamine Work?
Ketamine is mostly known for its action on the NMDA receptor in the brain, leading to increased activity of a neurotransmitter called glutamate. Increased glutamate levels may enhance one’s mood, decrease anxiety or depression symptoms. Ketamine can decrease the inflammation of the nervous system, as well as stimulate the development of new nerve connections. Frequently reported benefits from our patients are elevated mood, decreased depression and anxiety, improved energy levels, improved coping mechanisms, and others.
Is Ketamine Therapy Right For Me?
Ketamine offers a rapid and robust alternative to traditional medical and psychiatric treatments for pain syndromes and mental health disorders. Intravenous ketamine infusions often succeed where first-line therapies have failed to relieve your symptoms.
Patients who continue to struggle with symptoms caused by anxiety, major depression, postpartum depression, treatment-resistant depression, and bipolar depression often experience improvement within hours of their first ketamine treatment.
Ketamine offers such rapid results that it’s especially beneficial for treating patients with suicidality who can’t wait weeks or months to see if a psychiatric medication might help. Ketamine also offers effective symptom relief for PTSD and OCD.
Ketamine Can Help Treat The Following Conditions
Ketamine has been found to relieve the symptoms of depression within hours, rather than the usual weeks most antidepressants can take.
Ketamine has found success relieving the symptoms of anxiety and panic in those suffering from these conditions.
Ketamine is highly effective for major depressive disorder and recommended as adjunctive therapy for patients with bipolar depression.
Those suffering from PTSD after one or more traumatic events may find relief with Ketamine Infusion Treatment.
Ketamine is an exceptional option for treating suicidality because it produces exceptional quick results
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