Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, and it can interfere with daily activities, social interactions, and sleep. Though there are many treatment options for depression, they may not be effective for everyone. Frank Ferrer, MD, and the team at Lighthouse Wellness Center in Branford, Connecticut, offer innovative treatments for depression to alleviate symptoms using ketamine infusion therapy.

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Depression Q&A

What is depression?

Depression, also referred to as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a mood disorder that causes ongoing feelings of sadness and loss. It can affect how you think, feel, and behave and interfere with your responsibilities and relationships.

Depression is common and may develop from a combination of factors, including genetics and environmental, biological, or psychological issues. The mood disorder can occur at any age, but it’s most often seen in adults.

What are depression symptoms?

Symptoms of depression vary in type and severity. Though it’s possible to experience depression only once, most people face depression multiple times throughout their life.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or emptiness
  • Irritability or angry outbursts
  • Lack of interest in activities
  • Depressed mood
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Low self-esteem
  • Fatigue
  • Change in appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Unexplained pain

Depression is a potentially life-threatening condition, but treatment can improve your mood and your outlook on life. The experienced team at Lighthouse Wellness Center specializes in treating depression, especially in those who can’t find an effective treatment.

How is depression treated?

Traditional treatment for depression includes antidepressant medications and psychotherapy. With many types of antidepressants available, finding the right one to help you can take time. You may also need to take the medications for several months before they take full effect. And these medications aren’t effective for everyone.

At Lighthouse Wellness Center, Dr. Ferrer offers ketamine infusion therapy as a treatment option for those struggling with treatment-resistant depression. The medication increases receptors and synapses in your brain to provide the vital connections between neurons, which are often deficient in those suffering from mood disorders like depression.

Am I a good candidate for ketamine infusion therapy?

Dr. Ferrer can determine if you’re a good candidate for ketamine infusion therapy during your consultation. When creating your treatment plan, Dr. Ferrer considers your diagnosis, symptoms, past medical history, and the various methods you might have tried to alleviate your depression.

You may get the most successful outcome by combining the treatment protocols offered at Lighthouse Wellness Center with guidance from a mental health professional.

To learn more about this innovative treatment for depression, contact Lighthouse Wellness Center.