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April 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

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An outstanding article on ketamine

November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Here is an outstanding essay explaining ketamine treatment for depression: The current mental health crisis and the coming Ketamine revolution

The author is a PhD neuroscientist with a deep understanding of the science and the issues. Instead of rehashing the same oversimplified messages like most articles about ketamine, this one gives a complete explanation of the key issues, and makes them very easy to understand without dumbing anything down. Most articles about ketamine recycle the same soundbites, using the same oversimplified headlines. But this article gives a complete overview, and explains how ketamine fits into the bigger picture of the US mental health care system. It contrasts ketamine against the established approach toward treating depression, which has essentially failed those with severe, treatment-resistant depression. Highly recommended reading.

The author, Dr. Pascal Wallisch, has a blog (pensees.pascallisch.net) and twitter feed (https://twitter.com/Pascallisch) that cover topics in neuroscience and psychology. Many of his posts are very relevant to depression sufferers.

Thank you, Scientific American

September 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

We are being overwhelmed today by visitors who clicked through the Scientific American article on ketamine for depression. It caught us by surprise, and the discussion forums on this site are not yet functional. They’ll be up within the next few days. Feel free to register today, and we’ll alert you when they’re ready.

In the meantime, we’ve published our directory of US ketamine depression treatment providers. See the link above. This is a good time to give a caution that you’ll see often on this site: We don’t provide medical advice here, and we are not urging anyone specifically to try ketamine treatment for depression. And you should absolutely, positively NOT try ketamine on your own illegally or for recreational purposes. Our aim is to inform you about the research and connect you with ketamine patients and doctors.

In case it wasn’t clear on the Scientific American website, today’s article is one of three parts. Here are the links to all parts:
From Club to Clinic: Physicians Push Off-Label Ketamine as Rapid Depression Treatment, Part 1
Is Ketamine Right for You? Off-Label Prescriptions for Depression Pick Up in Small Clinics, Part 2
Ketamine, a Darling of the Club Scene, Inspires Development of Next-Generation Antidepressants, Part 3

Welcome to the Ketamine Advocacy Network

July 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

Ketamine has been shown to be an extremely effective, fast-acting treatment for certain types of severe depression.  Frequently cited as the most important breakthrough in the treatment of depression in over 50 years, researchers around the globe have demonstrated conclusively that ketamine works for a large majority of severe depression cases.  However, in the United States it is not yet widely used outside research settings.

The Ketamine Advocacy Network was created by actual depression sufferers who received ketamine treatment from medical professionals, experiencing relief after years and even decades of misery.  Our goal is to educate our fellow sufferers, their loved ones, and medical practitioners about this critical medical breakthrough.  This site will be a resource for all who wish to learn about ketamine as a treatment for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), both bipolar and unipolar. It will provide basic info on the medical research, a directory of doctors who offer ketamine treatment, and links to other resources. Most importantly, it will provide a forum for patients to share their experiences with ketamine and build a common body of knowledge to benefit sufferers, their family members, and medical providers.

This site is strictly for the benefit of our fellow sufferers. We do not sell or endorse any products, services, or medical providers. No one is trying to make money here. We strongly support ongoing research to better understand ketamine’s mechanism of action, the neurobiology of depression, and future medications based on that knowledge.  And we are staunchly opposed to the illegal abuse of ketamine as a club drug. We just want to share knowledge and help other depression sufferers find relief.

Welcome!