Ketamine Infusions for Postpartum Depression Treatment
Ketamine was first approved by the FDA as an anesthetic but has been used as a depression treatment since 2006. Infused at a low dose from an IV into the bloodstream, ketamine has been shown to improve depression in 75-80% of patients.
If you or a loved one is suffering from Postpartum Depression and would like to learn more about Ketamine Treatment for Postpartum Depression, we invite you to call us and schedule a free phone consultation to decide if ketamine infusion therapy is right for you.
What is Postpartum Depression?
Childbirth and the months that follow can result in a mixture of emotions — excitement and happiness, fear and worry. But in some people, childbirth can also trigger a condition called postpartum depression.
Many mothers experience the “baby blues” after childbirth, which is a period of mood swings, anxiety, crying spells, and trouble sleeping. Baby blues usually begin a few days after delivery of the child and may last up to two weeks before going away on their own.
Unfortunately, some mothers will develop a more severe and long-term form of depression: postpartum depression. Developing postpartum depression should not be taken as a sign of weakness. Carrying and delivering a child can bring on a set of hormonal changes to the human body, and postpartum depression is just a complication of this process. Getting proper treatment early can help you manage your symptoms.
What Are The Symptoms?
Symptoms of the baby blues tend to only last a few days to a week after the birth of your baby, and may include the following:
- Feelings of anxiety
- Feelings of sadness
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feelings of irritability
- Mood swings
- Bouts of tearfulness
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Changes in appetite
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
Many mothers will mistake postpartum depression for the baby blues at first, but the symptoms of postpartum depression are more intense and will last for a longer period of time, and may even get in the way of caring for your baby or taking care of other everyday tasks.
Symptoms usually start within weeks after giving birth, but begin during pregnancy or even develop a year after giving birth. Symptoms of postpartum depression may include the following:
- Sadness or depressed mood
- Mood swings
- Excessive crying
- Having difficulty bonding with your baby
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Changes in appetite (eating too much or too little)
- Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping too much or too little)
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy
- Fear and anxiety
- Worthlessness, shame, and guilt
- Trouble concentrating
- Panic attacks
- Thoughts of self-harm and suicide
- Without proper treatment, postpartum depression may last for months or longer.
When Should You Seek Treatment for Postpartum Depression?
Many people suffering from baby blues and postpartum depression may feel embarrassed to admit it. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the symptoms of postpartum baby blues, depression, or psychosis, reach out for treatment. Symptoms may get worse if left untreated over time.
What Causes Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression is not caused by any single factor but is likely a mix of physical and emotional factors.
Physical Factors — Pregnancy and childbirth bring along a dramatic change in hormones. The drop in hormones, like estrogen, after childbirth may contribute to the development of postpartum depression.
Emotional Factors — Problems like sleep deprivation or stress can worsen the symptoms of postpartum depression, or trigger it outright.
How Does Ketamine Help With Postpartum Depression?
Ketamine was first approved by the FDA as an anesthetic but has been used as a depression treatment since 2006. Infused at a low dose from an IV into the bloodstream, ketamine has been shown to improve depression in 75% of patients. Spravato, an antidepressant nasal spray based on ketamine, has also recently been approved by the FDA for treatment-resistant depression.
If you or a loved one is suffering from Postpartum Depression and has questions about ketamine treatment, we invite you to call us and schedule a free phone consultation to decide if ketamine infusion therapy is right for you.