Ketamine seems to be the new Holy Grail against depression, particularly when combined with suicidal ideation. Does it work? Does it obliterate some memory?
Yes, ketamine can help to relieve depression and studies to date suggest that around 70% of patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression can benefit with 30-40% achieving full remission. Because low sub-anaesthetic doses are used there is no ongoing effect on memory although the approach of using intravenous infusions can affect clear memory for events around the time of the infusion. Those that respond positively to treatment report improved concentration and memory along with the improvement in mood. Details can be found in the recently released book "Ketamine for Depression."
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