According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people around the world suffer from depression, including more than 16 million adults in the United States. If you’re struggling to cope with depression and live in Willoughby, Ohio, David Demangone, MD, can help. Dr. Demangone is a distinguished physician providing expert treatment programs for depression, including fast-acting ketamine infusions that can help when other treatments aren’t working. Call the practice today to find out more or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.
Depression is a chronic condition in which your mood is low most or all of the time. You experience prolonged periods of feeling intensely sad and despondent, losing interest in everything that usually makes you happy.
When you have depression, every day becomes a struggle. If left untreated, depression can become so severe that it’s impossible to function normally. You might start to isolate yourself from other people and feel unable to take care of your home or your personal hygiene.
Work or study inevitably suffers, and personal relationships become strained. At some point, many people who have depression consider taking their own lives as it seems like the only way to end the despair.
Depression is a serious illness that you can’t simply shake off. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to recover from depression and live a long and happy life.
There are several depressive disorders, including:
This sort of depression lasts longer than two weeks and severely affects your everyday life.
Some people find that their depression doesn’t improve or go away even after several years. People who have persistent depressive disorder need to explore multiple treatment options to find one that works.
Women who have recently given birth can develop postpartum depression. It typically develops within the first few weeks after having a baby, but it can come on at any time during the first year after childbirth.
Some people find they experience depression at certain times of the year, typically when the light levels are low during fall and winter.
People who have bipolar disorder experience extreme mood swings, from a manic phase where they feel energized and invincible, to plunging into a deep depression.
Some people who feel deeply depressed on the inside can mask their symptoms and put on a public face, despite their internal misery.
Mild cases of depression usually benefit from talking therapies. More severe cases require both psychotherapy and medication. It can take time to find the right antidepressant drug and the correct dose, and many antidepressants take a month or more to start having an effect.
This can be hard to bear when you have depression, particularly when you aren’t achieving results after a long period of treatment. Alternative treatments are proving promising in treating depression, like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Dr. Demangone helps many patients who have treatment-resistant depression using ketamine infusion therapy.
Ketamine is an anesthetic drug that has FDA approval for treating depression. Treatment involves a series of sessions where you receive the drug intravenously. Patients report feeling an improvement in their mood almost immediately following ketamine infusion therapy.
To find out more about treating depression using ketamine, call David Demangone, MD, today, or book an appointment online.