New studies zero in on roots of depression and why ketamine reverses it

While we have a number of treatments available for clinical depression, many of them have a significant side effects, and a lot of people struggle to find a drug that they respond to.

In that light, it came as a bit of a shock when we discovered a drug we'd been using recreationally and for anesthesia could lift the symptoms of depression in less than 24 hours. Unfortunately, the drug in question, ketamine, also has a collection of unpleasant side-effects, and we had no idea how it was working.

But there's been significant progress in unravelling the confusion over ketamine, with researchers identifying a ketamine derivative that tackles depression with far fewer side effects. And this week, a team of researchers at China's Zhejiang University announced that they've figured out where in the brain ketamine acts when it blocks depression, a finding that gives us significant insights into the biology of the disorder.  Read this post by John Timmer in Ars Technica.

Over the last few decades, there have been breakthrough technologies in the treatment of depression. Finding the right individual treatment is essential for overcoming the symptoms that can take away from optimal health and quality of life.

On March 14th in San Francisco, we're hosting Not Your Mother's Therapy - Cutting Edge Depression Remedies! where a panel of experts will discuss:

  • Getting diagnosed properly;

  • Mindfulness-based protocols that can change your relationship to depression;

  • Pros and cons of antidepressants;

  • Understanding TMS and ECT for treatment-resistant depression;

  • Ketamine, Psychedelics and more;

  • What's working in the digital therapeutic space;

  • Everyday lifestyle habits that help with low mood;

  • How to find the right therapist for you; and finally,

  • Identify which therapy is right for you & take the next steps toward your treatment. Hint: diagnoses first.

Speakers for this event include renowned industry leaders:

  • Stuart Eisendrath, MD, Professor Emeritus at UCSF School of Medicine and Founding Director, the UCSF Depression Center

  • Alison McInnes, MD, MS, Actify Neurotherapies

  • Emily Hine (moderator), Vice President of Meru Health and writer at Holy Sit.

If you or someone you know suffers from depression, stress or anxiety, please join us for this empowering conversation about the latest trends in depression treatment. You’ll leave with new ideas, strategies, and most importantly hope for a brighter future.  Reserve a Seat Today.