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The Adolescent Depression Epidemic and How Ketamine Therapy Can Help

Many teens experience depression, which is a serious mental health condition. Learn how to recognize teen depression and find

Teens experience more societal pressure and stress today than ever before. Whether it’s bullying or pressure to perform in school or sports, it’s no surprise that adolescent depression and anxiety diagnoses are on the rise.

In fact, nearly 20% of teens will be affected by depression by the time they turn age 18. Depression is a complex mental health disorder that’s influenced by brain chemistry, psychological, and lifestyle factors. It might be triggered by stress from bodily changes, relationships with family or friends, or a number of other common teen experiences.

Annette Lusko, DO, and our team at Ketamine Integrative Medicine offer ketamine infusion therapy as a treatment option for teens and adults struggling with depression. Ketamine infusions have the power to relieve symptoms of depression in teens.

When teen behavior goes beyond adolescent mood swings

Everyone knows that teens experience hormonal changes that can cause moodiness. But depression is a serious mental health condition that goes beyond normal teen mood swings. Depression affects thoughts, feelings, and behavior, and it requires a professional diagnosis and care. 

Anyone at any age can develop clinical depression. It’s generally diagnosed when someone has a depressed mood that persists for longer than two weeks, along with other symptoms, such as:

Having other health conditions might also make adolescent depression more likely, such as:

If you or someone close to you has suicidal thoughts, seek immediate medical care. Don’t wait or ignore the signs of severe depression.

How ketamine therapy can help teens manage depression

Roughly half of teens who take antidepressant medications find that their symptoms improve. But what about the other half of patients who don’t find relief with traditional depression treatments?

Dr. Lusko offers ketamine infusion therapy for teens and adults who suffer clinical depression. Unlike antidepressant medications, which can take months to build up and become effective, the benefits of ketamine are almost immediate. Ketamine infusions are controlled intravenous drips that deliver a specific amount of ketamine directly into the bloodstream.

Ketamine stimulates the NMDA and AMPA receptors in the brain that are responsible for mood. Ketamine therapy has shown itself to be an effective option for teens and adults who don’t find adequate relief from traditional treatments.

Taking the first step

If you’re a teen suffering from ongoing feelings of sadness, or you’re a parent who’s concerned about your teen’s mental health, it’s important to seek a professional evaluation to determine if the symptoms are the result of clinical depression.

Dr. Lusko offers customized ketamine therapy plans for patients of all ages. She’ll discuss your symptoms as well as your experiences with other antidepressant treatments. Then she’ll help you determine if ketamine therapy is right for you.

To learn more about ketamine therapy, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine today.

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