In 10 seconds? Ketamine is a powerful treatment for depression, but its mechanisms and side effects are not well-understood. By studying how ketamine fights depression, researchers are trying to create faster and more effective antidepressants.
What’s the good news? Ketamine is a relatively new treatment that can reduce depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts and feelings – especially in people who don’t respond to more traditional antidepressants like Prozac or Zoloft (which is known as “treatment-resistant depression”). Just one dose of ketamine can reduce depression in a single day, and this effect can last over a week!