ketamine for depression

You may have heard about Ketamine infusion therapy, an innovative new treatment for depression and pain disorders. What you may not know, however, is that Ketamine infusion therapy may also be a powerful and effective new treatment for anxiety disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and more. Ongoing research shows that Ketamine may one day be used to treat alcohol abuse and Tourette syndrome.

Ketamine was first developed in the nineteen sixties as a replacement anesthetic for the sometimes dangerous PCP, and was found to give fast-acting pain relief without the hallucinations or psychosis that PCP or other anesthetics may induce. Ketamine would become the most widely used anesthetic of the Vietnam War and to this day is still the go-to medication for surgical anesthesia.

Within the last decade surprising research indicates that Ketamine is an important treatment for mood disorders and pain disorders alike. The most effective method is IV infusion, but it is also available in a nasal spray form approved by the FDA for the treatment of depression in 2019. In 1984 Ketamine was included on the Essential Medicines List by the World Health Organization.

What does Ketamine Infusion Therapy Treat?


Major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression, is a serious mental condition. Up to 16 million adults suffer from depression in any given year, and depression is one of the biggest causes of disability in the world.

Bipolar Depression

Bipolar Depression, sometimes referred to as Manic-Depressive Illness, is a mood disorder that affects your ability to concentrate or perform basic, everyday tasks. If you have Bipolar Depression, you likely experience changes in mood and energy levels, switching between manic episodes and episodes of depression.


Many people experience traumatic events throughout their life, but some will develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If the symptoms do not away and only get worse as time passes, or you find yourself unable to live your life as you want to, it may be time to seek out treatment.


Anxiety is a normal human emotion, especially during stressful periods of life. However, if you experience excessive anxiety that makes it difficult to carry out even the basic tasks in your everyday life, you may have Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Pain Disorders

Chronic pain is pain that lasts for periods longer than three months at a time. What’s worse, chronic pain also commonly co-occurs with depressive or anxiety disorders. Chronic pain can cause as much emotional distress as it does physical distress. You may grow isolated from others or lose mobility. Chronic pain can even be caused by other serious conditions like arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes.

Does Ketamine Infusion Therapy Really Work?

In the past several years, a number of published research studies have shown that a series of 6 low-dose Ketamine infusions over a period of two or three weeks can lead to rapid improvement of severe depression. According to Thomas Insel, former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Ketamine is the “most significant advancement in mental health in 50 years”.

Ketamine is a powerful anesthetic that has been used in human and animal healthcare for 50 years, but in the last decade clinical research by institutions such as Yale University, the Mayo Clinic, Mt. Sinai Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the National Institute of Mental Health are reporting success rates 70% higher in their Ketamine trials.

Here at Cratus Medical, we administer Ketamine via IV infusion. Cratus Medical has the ability to tailor the treatment to fit your unique needs.

Focused on providing you the right treatment for the highest level of success

Cratus Medical specializes in the most cutting-edge, evidence-based solutions for treatment-resistant depression, and we customize our approach for each patient. Ketamine infusion therapy offers new hope to those with severe depression, anxiety, OCD, suicidality, and PTSD. This includes those suffering from major depressive disorder, postpartum depression, bipolar depression, and severe states of anxiety. Many have tried numerous oral medications, but still, find no relief. Severe depression takes a great toll on a person, but Ketamine infusions offer a chance to find hope once again.

If you or a family member is seeking relief we invite you to contact us today to learn more about this exciting new treatment alternative.

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