SOURCE: Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles

November 19, 2015 17:00 ET

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles Completes 1,000th IV Ketamine Infusion

Depression and Pain Management Center Gives Struggling Patients Hope

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 19, 2015) - For an illness known as the "silent killer," depression has often loudly left its mark. First recognized centuries ago, this mental disorder has taken the lives of some of the world's most talented men and women. It's a disease that makes no distinction between rich and poor, between famous and obscure. For the afflicted, depression is a keyless prison without parole and whose wounds, "are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds" noted author Laurell K. Hamilton has articulated.

The reality is that over 15 million American adults are battling some form of major depressive disorder, with as many as one in eight adolescents similarly affected, according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Highly troubling is that psychiatric drugs approved to treat these disorders are marginally effective. Relapse rates are high; as many as 40 percent of patients report that they do not see substantive improvement from their medication. These trapped individuals are sentenced to a lifetime of sadness. They long to find some escape from their misery.

Encouragingly, a new revolutionary treatment that is remarkably effective for relieving depression, suicidal thoughts, and similar mental afflictions, might just be what these people seek. Increasingly, doctors are using low-dose, intravenous ketamine infusions to treat depression and other mood disorders. Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, located in Santa Monica, is the leading provider of this breakthrough treatment.

Their fully licensed professionals work with patients to combat treatment-resistant depression using a variety of effective treatment protocols. They are also able to treat a host of additional ailments like Chronic Pain, OCD, PTSD, anxiety, postpartum depression, CRPS/RSD, and fibromyalgia. Recently, the Clinic was pleased to announce that it had completed its 1,000th infusion. Dr. Steven L. Mandel appeared on the November 3rd episode of the hit show "The Doctors," alongside one of his patients to share his results.

"What was once used strictly as an anesthetic, ketamine's fast-acting psychoactive properties are now being recognized as a potential lifesaver for the severely depressed," said Dr. Mandel, president and founder of Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles. "Through a series of IV infusions, patients can enjoy a rapid improvement in their quality of life. While ketamine's anti-depressant capabilities are still being studied, the drug has been FDA-approved for 45 years."

Despite the fact that many Americans remain unfamiliar with ketamine and unaware of its benefits, its treatments are gaining recognition. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers it one of only two "essential drug" anesthetics that should be available in every country. Studies performed at Yale University, The National Institute of Mental Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, and The Black Dog Institute, among others, report a 70 percent anti-depressive success rate. By receiving a series of six infusions (versus a single infusion), patients treated at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles can expect a more pronounced and longer lasting benefit, especially when combined with talking therapy.

"Millions of Americans are desperate for escape from their mind's labyrinth of sadness and terror, and ketamine is proving to be an unexpected -- but very much welcomed -- tool in our mental health treatment arsenal," Dr. Mandel added. "I welcome further study and look forward to transforming the lives of thousands of more patients."

For more information about Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles or to learn how their IV ketamine infusion therapy can help you, contact the center today.