Ketamine Therapy and the Recovery of Depressed Teenagers

The basic and major depressive episode of an adult, who now suffers from persistent depression, kicks start at adolescence.

While we recommend Ketamine infusions to adults for their treatment-resistant depression, oftentimes, we totally fail to realize the teenagers’ response towards this new therapy. In other words, just like adults, teenagers may not adequately respond to anti-depressants as well.

Teen Depression – the under-diagnosed Epidemic

When we think of teenagers we think of them as moody and sullen, quite naturally. This is the fundamental reason why depression during adolescence goes unnoticed or undiagnosed.

Unfortunately, this lackadaisical attitude towards teenage depression is highly dangerous. When a teenager suffers from an untreated and undiagnosed depressive condition, the consequences can be a lot more tragic than it would be in case of a matured adult.

If you are wondering, what problems an undiagnosed teenage depression may possibly cause; here are a few of them;

  • The continuation of depression throughout the life of the individual. The life-long struggle becomes the fate of the affected individual. The early onset of this depressive behavior often predicts a lot more serious consequences in adulthood.
  • During the teenage, even the minor subclinical depression may increase the odds of chronic depression, during adulthood, by 2 – 3 folds
  • Teenage depression is a proven mental condition that leads to suicidal thoughts. Now you know why the teenage suicidal rate is now much higher than in the 90s?

Ketamine Therapy Improves the Teenagers’ Lives

When individuals fail to respond to antidepressants, it becomes obvious that treatment-resistant depression can only be treated with a better and more promising alternative – Ketamine.

Ketamine has worked incredibly well when it comes down to the treatment of depression during adolescence. Also, the effects last for much longer than they do in adults. However, to get the best results, the choice of the right and only professional psychiatrist is another important factor to consider.