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Depression Specialist

Vivifica Ketamine and IV Hydration Center

Ketamine Infusion Clinic & IV Therapy located in Hoffman Estates, IL

Depression is the leading cause of disability in American adults aged 15-44. If you regularly experience feelings of persistent sadness or you lose interest in things you used to love, seek treatment. At Vivifica Ketamine and IV Hydration Center, board-certified anesthesiologist Syeda Madani, DO, treats depression using ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine infusion helps increase glutamate activity in your brain, making it ideal for the treatment of behavioral conditions. To make an appointment in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, call the office or click the online booking feature today.

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

Depression is a persistent feeling of hopelessness that lasts for months at a time. It’s more than a case of “the blues.” Depression affects your entire mood, outlook, and behavior.

Everyone feels sad occasionally, but if your symptoms persist, interfere with your interpersonal relationships, or result in other medical issues, contact Dr. Madani right away.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Symptoms of depression include:

  • A low mood
  • Reduced interest in hobbies or activities you used to enjoy
  • A decreased libido
  • Unintentional weight loss or weight gain
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty thinking or making decisions

Without intervention and treatment, you might also experience suicidal thoughts or thoughts about dying.

When should I get medical help for depression?

Make an appointment with Dr. Madani if you regularly experience sadness or hopelessness that lasts for most of the day. That’s especially true if you find yourself thinking about self-harm or you’ve previously attempted suicide. Even if you have treatment-resistant depression, ketamine infusion may be able to help.

How is depression treated?

Dr. Madani uses ketamine infusion therapy to treat depression. Ketamine was originally developed as an anesthetic, but research suggests it also increases the activity of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate in the brain. Researchers don’t know precisely how ketamine relieves depression, but it’s thought that by enhancing glutamate activity ketamine may regenerate damaged or broken synapses. Synapses transmit messages between neurons in your brain and the rest of your body. 

Ketamine infusion is different from traditional antidepressant medication in that it provides rapid relief, often within hours. What’s more, ketamine bypasses the serotonin receptors in your brain, allowing for quicker uptake by your neurotransmitters.

Dr. Madani offers ketamine infusion on-site, but she can also travel to you. If you’re undergoing counseling, she can visit your psychotherapists’ office and provide ketamine infusion during your treatment sessions.

How many ketamine infusions will I need?

The number of ketamine infusion treatments you need depends on various factors, including the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. Usually, Dr. Madani recommends a one-hour personalized infusion to alleviate your symptoms, followed by four or  five additional sessions over three weeks. Some people may need additional booster infusions after the initial treatment session.

To learn more about treating depression with ketamine, make an appointment at Vivifica Ketamine and IV Hydration Center by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.