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Ketamine: Searching for Balance

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Hello again. It is Susan from myketaminestory.com. I am painfully discovering that having treatment resistant depression for decades kept me from experiencing life fully. I was drowning under a dark vast ocean invisible to everyone but me. My world has always been plagued by this undeniable feeling that I was different. All my life I believed that I didn’t see the world the ways others did but couldn’t understand why.

I have always felt like an alien walking among a huge population. It wasn’t until I had Ketamine in my life that the distinctions were obvious to me. When I return home following my ketamine therapy I notice how I am floating on the waters I used to live in. I feel so uplifted and positive. I am enjoying the possibilities. I want to explore and investigate my inner world as well as the world around me.

However, it is beginning to feel impossible to stay optimistic because the real world is incredibly negative. I can breathe. I want to live. I look for good. I easily see it now. The problem I am encountering is that nagging feeling that most of society wants to break me. There are so many negative people. I understand how my cheerful approach could rub people the wrong way. I am sure it could be annoying.

I fight constantly to stay above others misery but I am struggling to find a balance. I get so discouraged. I mean I get it, sort of. The general population haven’t lived in the crushing life sucking pit those of us with Major Depressive Disorder have. When you have treatment resistant depression, like I do, you fear you will never escape darkness. I had no reason to have hope. I had years of failed treatments and my options were sadly extremely limited. When my husband told me about Ketamine with hope in his heart I didn’t match his enthusiasm. I believe, in January 2015, what I knew about Ketamine Infusions could be summed up in a couple paragraphs in a recent Psychology Today article. Today, there are now over a hundred places like, The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ, where you can find Ketamine treatments.

My universe shifted with Ketamine. I don’t want to view the world the way I once did and mainly that reason is due to the fact I don’t have the depression filters on. I am in the light. When you’ve lived in pitch black all your life and someone or something, such as Ketamine, switches on a light the effects are profound. Now you can see colors and feel the breeze touching your skin where once the air was stale and the world gray. You can truly appreciate the simple things.

For me, the blinders of depression are open and I really like what I am seeing and experiencing. I smile more. I openly greet people. I try hard to learn about this new world I am in. I am learning the world is an entertaining place to be in. I feel alive. I am alive and ironically everyone else appears to be zombies. Why is everyone so miserable? I want to know, can’t they let go of the pettiness and hating? I am shocked. The place I was existing seems so dull in comparison to life as it is today. I am trying unsuccessfully to grasp the fact that I have had a profound change occur with Ketamine. It lifts the weight and I raise to the top of those petrifying depths of despair. I know and feel the difference.

I want to tone down my enthusiasm to be more accepted, but I also refuse to die inside because the people around me are spiritually dead. I am searching for a balance. I was so far away from the living world, and many were, and are unaware. I don’t need others to know my past but I think they would understand my approach if they did. I haven’t figured out why it is so important to me to be understood. I am still exploring.

It is disappointing that more people don’t embrace what an amazing life we have been given. I want to live in the now. I am training myself to be present. I won’t lie. It is excruciating. I am trying to discover myself in this new world that has opened up to me and it is quizzical. I am enjoying most of my discoveries even through my confusion. I just don’t want this new world full of half living individuals to destroy me.

I am discouraged today. I started working again. It is a challenge. I am grateful that I am able. I feel I have so much to offer but I am running into closed doors and tall unbreakable walls. This is all still so fresh to me. I am processing. I want to be a better person. A whole one. I am having emotions I don’t necessarily have experience with because the depression numbed me. I think, I didn’t know all the emotions I could feel. I have had to redefine my emotional language. What I mean by that is my knowledge of the definitions of feelings was strong. I believed I was in touch and self aware. However, my first hand experience was damaged by my mental illness.

I feel with Ketamine I am distinguishing the differences. I will give you an example. As I have stated I have lost many things because of my depression. Friends have passed away. Disappointments, massive ones, have occurred and my depression deepened. I did not grieve. I thought the depression was evidence that I was going through the stages of loss. I have recently realized I was crying when I thought I saw a friend that passed away almost three years ago. It startled me. What was going on? What were the tears about? It had only been a few days since my Ketamine shot. I was perplexed and afraid. Was the depression resurfacing during the period between treatments? I think feeling any sadness at all has been my deepest concern. I question with fear. It was only after months of treatment that I realized everyone gets sad.

Grief isn’t clinical depression. Having a day of tears doesn’t equate to a lifetime of spiraling depression or hospitalizations. I have to constantly remind myself. I try every day to use the correct terms to express myself. I feel this is an valuable asset for my recovery. It is definitely a frustrating component. It is also the way in which I have grown most over the past year. I am still a work in progress just like my blog…

This article was originally posted on myketaminestory.com

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Addressing Questions & Concerns About Ketamine Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression

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Hello. This is Susan from myketaminestory.com. I am once again addressing questions and concerns regarding Ketamine therapies for treating mood disorders and pain. I am writing a four part series answering questions about Ketamine use, based on my experience with Ketamine therapy over the past 2.5 years, for The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ. This is the second post in my Q & A series.

My first blog, Ketamine: Addressing Questions & Concerns focused on my early experience with Ketamine Infusions. It was because of cost and location that I had to search for other options for treatment. Once I realized I was responding positively to Ketamine Infusions, I worried about how I would continue to afford the treatments. I was fortunate enough to discover an interested doctor in my area willing to administer Ketamine with intramuscular shots. I continue to be grateful to Dr. Charles Moseley for providing this medication to me. I fear the idea of drowning in my depression because I can’t afford the cost. I worry compulsively about losing my doctor. What would happen to my recovery if I no longer had a professional willing to administer IM Ketamine shots? What if there isn’t anyone willing to work with me at a price I could manage paying twice a month for this incredible life altering therapy?

Hold that thought.

My husband and I have been considering moving out West for years. I currently live in Virginia. The winter for me is awful. I know those four months may not be horrible to some, but for me it wreaks havoc on me, mentally and physically. This past winter I promised myself that my east coast winter days were numbered. We started researching states like Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona. We looked at the Las Vegas, Nevada area. We examined Albuquerque, New Mexico. We even went back to my birth place of Glendale, Arizona. The problem I constantly reminded my husband about was who would continue to treat me with IM Ketamine shots if we moved? We have to consider tolerating the winter months because I am able to get my Ketamine shots every two weeks at a price that won’t put me into massive debt in six months. I wish Ketamine therapy was covered by my insurance company. I am aware of several clinics and centers on the West coast now. However, I am realistic. I could never afford switching to a new doctor. We stopped dreaming of moving to a warmer climate. It was while I was updating my Ketamine Provider & Locations list, which is located here and on my personal website, that I found The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ. I was excited to see that this Ketamine clinic had one of the lowest pricing, for Ketamine Infusions. What was even more of an appeal to me was that the owner, Jason Duprat, is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. I was introduced to yet another profession I could approach and educate. It is because of my Ketamine advocacy that this was valuable information for me. What was even more astounding about this Ketamine clinic was the fact that when I spoke with them, I was informed that they are also willing to administer Intramuscular Ketamine shots. The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ even has IM Ketamine shots mentioned on their website. I love that this Albuquerque center is charging one of the lowest prices nationwide for infusions, but more so, they understand the benefits of Ketamine and are willing to offer another delivery method for Ketamine to those that can not repeatedly cover the charge if routine maintenance or booster treatments are needed. I need them. I know without Ketamine therapy I have no chance at the life I see before me now. It might take a while for me to sink but drown I would. I have no doubt.

When I agreed to write for The injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ website, I did so knowing that here is one place in the beautiful state of New Mexico I could consider relocating and possibly continue to receive affordable Ketamine treatments. That calms me. I know that I spend hours researching all things related to Ketamine in hope of educating those suffering with mood disorders, as well as professionals, on the hope Ketamine has offered me and could potentially bring others. If more education and awareness is brought to the benefits of Ketamine for depression the chances look great for changes to one day happen. In the meantime, those with treatment resistant depression continue to suffer; waiting.

In this second series of questions I will address the differences between IM Ketamine and Ketamine Infusions. I will answer questions about long term use and my tolerance of Ketamine over the past two plus years. I will tackle difficult questions regarding how Ketamine has improved my life and why I fight to advocate for this unusual form of treatment. I am open to answering a variety of questions so don’t hesitate to contact me or head over to The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ website for assistance.

Now, without anymore ramblings, on to this week’s question and answer format.

Susan, why do you think you are qualified to address the concerns and inquiries people have about Ketamine therapy?

I feel I must add a disclaimer here and say results may vary, but that sounds so tacky. I feel that many people are still just now discovering Ketamine for Depression. I have been getting Ketamine treatments since March of 2015. I began with 6 Infusions and for the first time in my life I actually responded to a treatment for depression. I have suffered for decades without any relief. I have also had many attempts to end my misery and in hopes of being set free. No medication cocktail or ECT has been able to make a dent in my depression and anxiety symptoms. Nothing. However, with Ketamine I was able to breathe for the first time; a full blissful breath. I am notorious for holding my breath paralyzed by anxiety. I noticed that after my first Infusion of Ketamine I could literally fill my stomach up and release years of pent up emotions in that beautiful breath. That shook me. It was like catching a faint glimpse of hope. I feel that after 2.5 years of continuous improvements with the help of Ketamine I might be able to speak intelligently on the subject and educate. I want to advocate and give hope. I feel I waited over two years before finally coming to my own conclusions about Ketamine. I feel my experience grants me the authority to comment on the research and benefits of this drug called Ketamine.

Why are you getting Intramuscular Ketamine shots instead of Infusions?

I would have to say the main reason is the financial burden ketamine Infusions would cause me and my family. The number of Ketamine Infusion centers in my area is extremely limited too.

How did you hear about Intramuscular Ketamine shots?

I had to travel to New Jersey, in 2015, for my initial six infusions. It was after my second treatment with Dr. Steven Levine that we discussed how I was responding positively to the infusions and what that might mean for me and the future. I was honest with Dr. Levine about my financial struggles and that I lacked the ability to drive 6 or 7 hours for a costly treatment. I cried in fact. I have never experienced relief from my depression and anxiety before being introduced to Ketamine. It amazed and horrified me. I finally found a treatment that could potentially turn my life around and I couldn’t afford to travel and pay for the treatments on a regular basis.

Why would you need Ketamine routinely? I was under the impression that you only need six infusions to get all the benefits Ketamine has to offer?

I can get pretty fired up when discussing all the articles out there making the claims that you only need six infusions to be “cured”. I will try to contain myself and limit my response to this subject. Ketamine lifted the depression temporarily for me. In the beginning, I was only getting a day or two of mild relief from my depression. I was aware more of how it allowed me freedom from the anxiety that had me locked up in my house with agoraphobia. The benefits Ketamine offered for my depression were limited at first. I would need all six infusions to assess how it might help with my depression. I did feel the difference in my mood as each day passed. The farther away the treatments were for me the more intense it felt when the symptoms returned. In the beginning it was extremely difficult to slide back into depression when the Ketamine effect reduced over time. Painful. I was led to believe the depression would not return after the six treatments. I never believed this claim. I didn’t. I figured if Ketamine worked for me then surely I would need to continue to get infusions to have the relief I was striving for. Ketamine was my last option. I had nothing else. There was a part of me that didn’t want the Ketamine to work because how would I cover the cost if it did. I didn’t really expect it to work so I took the risk financially and emotionally; for my family.

It was after my sixth infusion that the depression lifted for several days for me. I had my last infusion on a Friday and felt good until roughly the next Wednesday, I believe. As the week ended and a new week started, the effects from the Ketamine weakened. I wasn’t surprised, but I was discouraged. I knew that I must find a way to have Ketamine administered to me closer to home and at an affordable price. This was my first introduction into advocating Ketamine for depression.

I have spoken to numerous people that want to try Ketamine but can not swing the steep price tag. When I received my six infusions, it cost me over $3,900 for the Ketamine treatments, travel and lodging. That is a fortune to me. I knew this drug was not a realistic long term treatment for me. I wanted to cry out in frustration. I finally found the answer to my incessant search for something to rid me of my symptoms and there was no way I could continue to pay out of pocket for the therapy. Insurance companies, in 2015, did not cover any cost related to Ketamine treatments. It is heartbreaking.

Dr. Levine agreed with me that Ketamine was my answer. I was responding. It was during my stress about finding this drug helpful, and my fear of returning to that horrendous darkness, that I pressed Dr. Levine for another way I could get the assistance I desperately needed. He mentioned that there was a doctor in Virginia willing to administer Ketamine into the muscle by way of a shot instead or an IV. He did inform me that this doctor, Dr. Charles Moseley, contacted him with a lot of interest in learning more about Ketamine for Depression, but didn’t want to invest in an infusion center. Dr. Levine suggested I call Dr. Moseley when I returned home and investigate whether he was still interested in administering Intramuscular Ketamine shots. Dr. Moseley lives one hour away from me, so I was pretty motivated to plead my case to him. And that is exactly what I did.

Do you think Intramuscular Ketamine shots work as well as infusions?

Well, that is a tough question. I do feel IM Ketamine works! Do I think they are better than infusions? I am not sure. I had six infusions total. I have had well over 35 or 40 shots in the past two year or so. I continue to improve and get stronger. IM Ketamine works. Would I be further along in my recovery had I been able to afford the cost of Infusions? Maybe. I have no idea. I do know that I am healing now with the help of IM Ketamine. I never could have continued getting infusions at 450.00 dollars per infusion. This cost is all out of pocket. I am grateful to Dr. Moseley for hearing me out in April 2015. There needs to be more professionals willing to consider administering IM Ketamine for others, like me, struggling with Treatment Resistant Depression.

Do you recommend Intramuscular Ketamine shots?

I do. I highly recommend IM Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression. I especially feel it is an option for those that can’t afford Ketamine Infusions. I would recommend getting six Infusions first, if you have the funds for that. I know many people want to try Ketamine but can not because of the price tag. The need for education is immensely important. As far as I know, there are currently over a hundred Ketamine Clinics now and only a handful, like The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ, are offering IM Ketamine shots as an alternative to Infusions.

Could you explain how these two Ketamine delivery methods differ?

I will attempt to explain. Ketamine Infusions use an IV line that allow the Ketamine to slowly, in a timed manner, enter your system. The Intramuscular Ketamine is given in one or two shots and once it is given can not be adjusted or stopped. This seems to be a major concern in the administering of Ketamine for Depression. Often times, I have learned, some providers will take precautions and begin Ketamine therapy at a lower dose than in a clinic giving IV Ketamine. You may then need to build up to the most effective dosage. This was not my experience. I was given the same dose as I was given by IV. I was also given my Ketamine in one shot. I have been able to tolerate this approach but I know several people that prefer to start at a lower dose and often administered in two shots.

Does it feel different during the two treatments?

Yes and no. I feel with the Ketamine Infusions I was much more disconnected from my body. It was more dreamy. I experienced that “out of body” sensation during almost every Ketamine infusion. During an infusion, the thought of getting up and walking around is impossible to me. Whereas, with IM Ketamine, I have been able to get up and walk over to a trash can, let’s say, without incident. I never experienced nausea with my Ketamine Infusions but have been known to vomit during my earlier treatments with Intramuscular Ketamine shots.

You mentioned vomiting during your earlier session of Intramuscular Ketamine treatments and I am curious what you mean. Have the treatments changed over time for you?

Yes. My Ketamine therapy is mild compared to two years ago. I went in last night to get my Ketamine shot and felt only slightly intoxicated. It was mellow. I have built up a tolerance I believe. I am able report that I get the benefits of Ketamine now with very little dissociative effect. I never dislike my treatments, in fact, I would say 97% of the time I enjoy my Ketamine treatments. They can be very insightful and introspective.

I use my Ketamine session with Dr. Moseley for therapy now. I love getting the benefits of Ketamine, such as an uplifted mood, and the mental clarity is a bonus. My thoughts slow down and I process them with determination and focus. I can verbally express to my doctor my feelings. I can make connections between my behaviors and thoughts. I can reflect. I can feel the depression lift. I can openly communication to Dr. Moseley when this takes place. My thoughts are typically more negative and self loathing before treatments. My thoughts race. My anxiety is typically uncomfortable, bordering on unbearable. The inner noise is pure chaos. I will be summarizing the last two weeks, the time in between my appointments, and will literally stop and look Dr. Moseley in the eyes and say out loud, “Hello I am back. I just felt the “shift.”” It feels like I have changed lanes on a highway. I moved out of my own way, and with that awareness, I am excited to begin psychoanalyzing and sorting through the garbage to be tossed. It is pretty incredible really.

What does that “shift” feel like during your Ketamine treatments?

My doctor asked me the same question a couple months back. I found it easy to reply. I smiled at him and said it was like getting a hug from a kind mother welcoming you home after being away too long. It does. It feels like arms squeezing me tight and reassuring me that once again the Ketamine is working its magic and I will be all right. The IM Ketamine shot welcomes Susan home. It calms me. It is like warm water washing over your body and taking the negativity, depression and anxiety downstream. I can once again breathe with an ease I don’t have prior to my shot.

Why are there not more IM Ketamine Providers?

I think the main reason is because there are no clinical studies using Intramuscular Ketamine as the delivery method. They have only researched and evaluated the IV delivery of Ketamine. Education is needed. I know that more professionals are willing to listen and learn. It is a slow process.

What would you suggest to a person suffering with Treatment Resistant Depression who can not afford Ketamine Infusions?

I highly recommend approaching a trusted family doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatrist, a Physician’s Assistant or a Registered Nurse and educate them on the success of Ketamine for Depression. I would imagine that if you can try Ketamine Infusions (1-6 treatments) first it could be an advantage because you can take your results to a local provider. You would have documentation of its ability to combat depression. That is how I went about it. That will not be a reality for everyone. I realize and understand that. I also know that many professionals will be closed off to the idea of administering Intramuscular Ketamine. That saddens me. However, I strongly encourage approaching as many as it takes until one individual is willing to work and learn with you.

What if you are suffering so deeply that you can not confront doctors and nurses about the benefits of Ketamine for depression?

I was in no way capable of advocating for myself during my darkest times. I understand the frustration of trying to get your needs met. I was fortunate enough to have a loving husband willing to do the work I was unable to do. If you have a significant other in your life, or a concerned friend, ask them to accompany you to the office visits.

Oh, and another option is to ask for a prescription for nasal Ketamine. It will need to be filled at a compounding pharmacy and not your standard CVS or Walgreen. I just googled my area for a list of the closest compounding pharmacy and called them. I just asked if they make nasal Ketamine. When you locate a facility that will fill the prescription, make a note of the name and number and take it with you to your office visit.

Do you use nasal Ketamine?

I do. I have a bottle I use if I am struggling between my Ketamine shots. I consistently make it 8 or 9 days feeling symptom free. However, I am aware of how the depression filters my world and when the “noise” returns I am reassured that I won’t have to remain in this nightmare until my next appointment. I think of nasal Ketamine as my band-aid. It gives me that added shield against my depression, so to speak. I am extremely blessed to be able to get IM Ketamine shots but if I couldn’t, I appreciate knowing I could get some relief from a prescription nasal spray.

How expensive is the nasal ketamine spray?

It is more affordable than Ketamine Infusions and Intramuscular shots. I get mine for 65.00 a bottle but know of several people shelling out close to 125.00. Do your research is all I can say.

You are right, 65.00 dollars seems pretty reasonable. Why do you continue to get Ketamine shots when you can spend $65-125 a month instead?

In all honesty I don’t care for the delivery method. It is a personal preference. I have suffered with extreme allergies all my life and my nose is continuously affected by my sinus issues. It makes using a nasal spray frustrating and inconsistent because of the swelling I experience routinely in my nasal cavity. I do know of a couple people using the nasal Ketamine spray exclusively, and they are doing fairly well. Two of the people I have been in touch with have never had an infusion or injection and are speaking positively about their experience with nasal Ketamine. I think that is very exciting news.

In closing today I would like to ask one more question. How much do your Intramuscular Ketamine shots cost you?

I would love to answer that question but part of my agreement with my doctor was to not discuss the term of our relationship. What I mean is, Dr. Moseley wanted to keep his options open. I was his first Ketamine patient and he has learned quite a bit working with me. We are mutually benefiting. I pleaded with him and he was kind enough to accept my proposal. Having said that, I would aim for roughly 150-250 per session. This unfortunately is still a completely out of pocket cost to you and can put a massive strain on your finances. However, I have great success with Ketamine and I am capable of working outside the home once again. I am more productive. I am living. Priceless. Ketamine therapy has been worth the sacrifices my family and I have made to our monthly budget.

In conclusion, If you know of anyone suffering with treatment resistant depression, like I do, let them know that Ketamine therapy may be an option worth looking into. It has been and continues to offer me relief from my symptoms. If you or someone you know are considering Ketamine infusion therapy, please visit www.infusionclinicabq.com for low cost ketamine infusion and injection options. If you are not in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area I also suggest approaching a local professional. It doesn’t hurt to ask for what you need.

Join me again later in the month, when I address even more questions about Ketamine Infusions and Intramuscular Ketamine. I will share my thoughts and experiences about the different delivery methods, the effects of Ketamine, Ketamine Advocacy, and concerns over what I have been reading during my research and studies on the drug. I will also be answering more questions about Ketamine that many of you have asked me through email or phone calls. Thank you for reaching out. I continue to advocate… Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression and Anxiety Disorders.

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Pushing Through Treatment Resistant Depression With The Help of Ketamine And A Creative CBT Toolbox.

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Hello. This is Susan from www.myketaminestory.com It has been a very long while. This past Wednesday was Ketamine day for me, and I feel the need to express myself at last. I have been away for several reasons. I could jot down all of the excuses and make them believable to some, and lies to many more, but I stayed away for one reason. ME. It was selfish. Maybe.

I know that when you share in an open forum you risk misunderstandings and negativity. I honestly thought I was emotionally strong enough to withstand the scrutiny and ignorance. I naively believed that my words and story would shout louder than the skeptics. The fundamental problem is the lack of information available to support my personal experiences. I have lived with treatment resistant depression and anxiety for decades. I have been so far into the darkness that I forgot what the sun looked like. I was told repeatedly that I had a candle burning to light my way back to the surface. I constantly denied this spark existed. I could not locate it, no matter how hard I clawed and crawled my way around the darkness of depression.

In January of 2015, I took it upon myself to extinguish the smoldering fire. I have tried many times to end my suffering. The last time I was not afraid. I was so completely raw and broken. I had doctors reeling to find a solution. A few of my doctors have wanted to find a possible way to pull me into the sun but to no avail. I have undergone countless procedures and taken countless medications, with only horrific side effects and more health concerns as a result, along with my constant desire to take myself out of this bloody nightmare filled with a harmful package of lies. That is what depression is to me now: a sad, torn, and beaten package of destructive lies. Ketamine gifted me with the ability to recognize the difference between truth and fiction.

It was during my time in limbo that my husband found an article on Ketamine and its new uses with treatment resistant depression. I barely survived the time it took to get the money saved for the experimental treatment. I had no hope. That is what darkness will do, it will kill hope. However, Ketamine therapy pulled me up and into the sun. I assist the Ketamine by constantly working to make mental connections between my behavior and thoughts and the way I interpret the world around me now. I can see the sun but still I am a prisoner of depression. I know that if I was not getting Ketamine treatments the darkness could easily engulf me. While that may be true, I also realized one amazing belief… I am the sunshine. I fight daily to shine and reflect. I want to be so bright that I can help lead the way out of darkness for others just like me. Ketamine may be a solution. It was my solution.

Please understand: Ketamine is a drug to help. It is not a cure. You will not get six infusions and lead a symptom free life. Ketamine will probably replace your current medications and therapies, or some of them. While this may seem discouraging, I know it is not. I get IM Ketamine once every two weeks! One drug. No lasting side effects. (I have been known to get sick during the brief time the Ketamine is in my system, or feel “hungover” for the remainder of the day.)

I am engaging in life. I know I see the sun and yet still have bars all around me, but each day I destroy another brick, and more iron and steel. I have faith that the prison I find myself in is temporary. I feel the warmth of the sun, and it dries my tears and makes me sweat out toxic thoughts and habits. Ketamine has given me clarity. I am not in a haze. I know this feeling will last for a solid week or more. The time between appointments and how well the Ketamine works and last is frustratingly unpredictable. What I am saying is, I have gone 12 days feeling amazing. I have also gone only four days after a session of Ketamine. It is important to be aware and to question. This drug is so new for treating depression. There is not enough evidence to state too many facts about Ketamine and if it does or doesn’t work. There are more and more of us proving that it does. I have had success with Ketamine in IV, Intramuscular, and nasal forms. I personally receive IM Ketamine every two weeks, and as I stated, I have been for over two years now. I find that if I am stressed or exhausted it is harder for the Ketamine to last as long. During situational stress, sadness, and grief the feeling that Ketamine is assisting in any way feels limited. The mind is powerful. And so are habits.

I spent decades battling this disease. I have often failed miserably in my attempts to save myself from the demons living in my mind. I would keep trying. Trying until I could no longer. A vicious cycle. I have a tool box full of coping strategies. I am proud to say I am capable of benefiting from using these tools now. I see progress. It takes time. Unfortunately, it also takes a great deal of money. One day, I hope this will not be the case. It is very difficult advocating for a drug I know costs so little yet the industry is making a fortune off of. My only suggestion is to approach local doctors with the hopes of educating them. Try inspiring them to want to get involved in your success and in this massive shift in pharmacological treatments of mood disorders. I can attest to how marvelous Ketamine has been for me. It will continue to aid me in my recovery. I trust Ketamine.

I can’t express enough how much I am enjoying the sunshine. These bars around me are an illusion. I will break free. One by one. I know these walls and materials have their weaknesses too. I will find them and obliterate each one. I know with time and the help of Ketamine I will redefine my default setting. I already am. It is frustrating and time consuming. I want to be whole. I want to no longer identify with being broken. This takes time. I keep reminding myself.

I have found over the last month that innocent questions about my recovery forced me into doubt and negativity. I spoke to my doctor about my concerns and what I was hoping to accomplish by blogging about Ketamine and depression. I had to pull back to get strong and recalculate my goal. I know I have an issue with wanting to be super human and save all of us tortured souls. I want to shout about Ketamine.

People are curious but so uneducated. I have a history of success with Ketamine, yet there are some wanting only to mention the street and club version of the drug they have tried or read about. The clinical trials have been with IV Ketamine and not Intramuscular (IM) Ketamine shots, so it absolutely annoys me when I read that “IV Ketamine is the only safe, effective method”. This is undeniably a disservice for those that can’t afford infusions but could surely benefit from other Ketamine delivery methods.

I say, approach your psychiatrist, family doctor, or another close physician you feel comfortable confiding in and investigate the possibility that they would be willing to administer Ketamine shots, or even prescribe nasal Ketamine. It is worth it.

I know I can see and feel the sun after decades of life being pitch black and cold. I know I may still feel a prisoner of depression when the Ketamine starts to lose its grip and the depression filters get switched back on. When breathing is all I want to do but can’t. I sense when I am sliding. I get uncomfortable. I get resentful. I still have much work to do to break enough space between a couple of bars to crawl through. The fantastic thing is, I know where to dig. And, I am getting better at using all the tools around me to get the job done. I may be a prisoner, but in no way am I trapped here. I have Ketamine.

In conclusion, If you know of anyone suffering with treatment resistant depression, like I do, let them know that Ketamine therapy may be an option worth looking into. It has been and continues to offer me relief from my symptoms. If you or someone you know are considering Ketamine infusion therapy, please visit www.infusionclinicabq.com for low cost ketamine infusion and injection options. If you are not in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area I also suggest approaching a local professional. It doesn’t hurt to ask for what you need. You can also visit my Ketamine provider list which is located here and on my personal website.

Join me again later in the month, when I address more questions about Ketamine Infusions and Intramuscular Ketamine in part three of my Q & A series. I will share my thoughts and experiences about the different delivery methods, the effects of Ketamine, Ketamine Advocacy, and concerns over what I have been reading during my research and studies on the drug. I will also be answering more questions about Ketamine that many of you have asked me through email or phone calls. Thank you for reaching out. I continue to advocate… Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression and Anxiety Disorders.

Originally posted on www.myketaminestory.com

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Frequently Asked Questions: Redefining Depression With The Assistance Of Ketamine Therapy.

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Hello again. This is Susan from myketaminestory.com. I am once again addressing questions and concerns regarding Ketamine therapies for treating mood disorders and pain. I am writing a four part series answering questions about Ketamine use, based on my experience with Ketamine therapy over the past 2.5 years, for The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ. This is the third post in my Q & A series.

My first blog, Ketamine: Addressing Questions & Concerns focused on my early experience with Ketamine Infusions. In part two of the series, Addressing Questions & Concerns About Ketamine Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression I addressed questions and concerns about Intramuscular Ketamine verses Ketamine Infusion therapy. Today I plan to be a bit more random. I have had emails with several questions and themes recently. I want to address as many inquiries as I can and decided to approach this current series in a more hopscotch fashion.

I will preface this series of questions with an obvious disclaimer. I am answering all the questions posed in this blog, as well as the two previously mentioned, based on personal experience with Ketamine treatments and my own continued readings. I want to advocate the use of Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression because of my results from the therapy. I want to share my success and how I have benefited from the new form of treatment.

It has been through my Ketamine advocacy that people have approached me via email with questions and concerns. I have been fortunate enough to have providers reach out to me asking me about my results and my writings. It is because of these inquiries I am rarely at a loss for writing material. I have appreciated the interest and encouragements. I have enjoyed the offers to write about my story for other websites. I have. I am human. These interactions have not all been pleasant. I am always shocked by how insensitive “professional” people can be. What is even more baffling is the fact they are reaching out to me. Odd. They clearly seem to forget that I am a patient writing and not a doctor or other provider. I am flabbergasted at times. I could share numerous incidents that would surely puzzle the best conversationalist. The demands and expectations have been insane. I will briefly state that I can not simply be purchased and added to your business expenses. I am a human sharing personal experience. Please be respectful.

I need to add a special thank you as a side note. I have been known as a woman that expresses her feelings regularly. If I am overcome with strong emotions, I share them. I work incredibly hard on focusing on positive action and thoughts. If I am impressed or treated well I will make a point of saying thank you for your kindness. I am appreciative to Jason Duprat with The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ for constantly being sensitive of my story and feelings. He repeatedly treats me with respect and honor. Jason allows me to feel comfortable and valued. We work with each other professionally with a twist of mutual fondness I think. I am grateful that his Ketamine clinic strives to bring more affordable infusions. I would love to see more Ketamine centers following his example. It really benefits everyone. If a center is willing to lower prices, then this massively successful therapy could be offered to more individuals suffering with Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD). Think about it. If you charge 500 and, say for example, only 10 people can afford treatment from your clinic each month making your total income 5,000. Now, for sake of easy math, think about charging 200 dollars per session. You can now service and provide hope to numerous of my fellow sufferers. Let’s follow this logic to the end. At 200 dollars per treatment you might book 30 or 40 clients per month giving you 6,000-8,000 in profits. You also get a bonus…. a full heart.

I admire Ketamine providers that understand the desperate need for Ketamine therapy for depression, but clearly care more about patient long term care. It is crucial to keep in mind that the majority of your client base will need to return repeatedly for booster/maintenance Ketamine thus also increasing your bottom line. Remember the 10 patients I mentioned in my first example? They will definitely find it even more financially stressful if not completely unrealistic to return for follow up care. My guess is maybe 1 out of 10 could manage the compounding cost of routine boosters of Ketamine therapy. Insurance companies do not currently cover the charge of Ketamine treatments. The numbers add up.

I once again digress.

I have had friends question my motives for writing for Ketamine clinics, and the motives of the providers requesting my help. To be completely honest, I have to say that I have no issue using keywords and letting the readers know about a specific Ketamine Clinic by name. It benefits everyone involved. However, I am very selective. I ask a ton of questions. I want to inform. I also am not a fool and I realize it is easier to spread your message when you have help. I admit that there are specific answers I am looking for when approached to write about Ketamine for sites other than my own. It means asking tough questions. I need to know the motives, the whys, behind the offer. I want to know how people act and react to my questions. I investigate. I approach each center as a patient and an advocate. I want to build a genuine relationship with my reader. I am writing on a very personal subject matter. A relationship built on trust and honesty is important to me. I also want and see the importance in establishing a relationship with Ketamine providers. We are all important and valuable. We can spread the news about Ketamine and give hope back to those in darkness.

Advocacy is a new adventure for me.

I wasn’t expecting to go on that rant. I apologize. It has been on my mind a lot recently. I do not want to be a bought and paid for direct advert. I definitely don’t want to appear insincere in my writings. Ketamine has offered me life. I want to educate and possibly offer change to those that don’t think their lives will ever improve.

My words, my language, and self expression mean so much to me. Please don’t script my feelings. I want to inform the public. I have my story and my style. If you really want to share my passion to educate the world on the benefits of Ketamine for depression then I suggest not editing my words to serve your hidden agenda. I did not approach you. Please remember that when you are slaughtering my message and find yourself shocked when I opt not to work with your Ketamine facility. I am advocating Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression. I am pretty confident that is why you contacted me. Yes? Readers are intelligent after all. They will recognize bullshit. I would.

Ketamine has and continues to breathe life into me. I started my personal website in January of 2017. I wanted to share and advocate the use of Ketamine to treat depression. It has been through my writings I have discovered how truly powerful words can be. In the recent months those words have been reaching more fellow sufferers. It is thrilling to know that more professionals are reaching out to learn more about Ketamine therapy, too. I have learned that I have value when I share and educate. Many times I am consciously aware that my writings are only me ruminating and desperately trying to make connections so I can heal. The idea that I may actually be helping others; that is fascinating and exciting.

I am immensely grateful to have The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ as a platform to educate. They definitely have met all my personal standards for a Ketamine provider. Their Albuquerque, New Mexico Ketamine center is one of the lowest costing Ketamine providers in the nation. The also passed my “must offer” quiz by informing me that they will be offering Intramuscular Ketamine shots to clients at a reduced cost, for those that can’t afford the infusion boosters/maintenance programs. Oh, if I ever relocate!

I will be announcing another exciting development on myketaminestory.com website later this week. I also have a board full of blog topics to discuss and ponder. I am feeling creative and looking forward to writing several articles this month.

Okay, surprisingly I was finally capable of wrapping up that tirade on proper etiquette when asking a blogger for personal writing content for their Ketamine business.

Onward, to the latest question and answer blog; part three in this four part Q & A series. I hope you find it helpful.

What is Ketamine?

My life-preserver! It really is. Ketamine is basically an anesthetic drug that blocks pain. It was first developed in the 1960’s and was used to operate on soldiers during the Vietnam War. In the past, Ketamine, has also been used as an animal tranquilizer. However, in more recent years, Ketamine has been a common theme in nightclubs and parties because of the “hallucination” element users have repeatedly enjoyed.

What do you mean by “hallucination” element?

Well, in addition to dulling pain, Ketamine has been known to allow users to feel like they’re detached from their own body. This sensation is often written and explained as a dissociative effect. These feelings are often associated with a variety of drugs known as hallucinogens. This class of drugs are frequently known to distort perceptions of sight and sound. It produces feelings of detachment from the environment, mind, and self. The reason this can even occur is because the drug is reducing or blocking signals to the conscious mind from other parts of the brain. This out-of-body experience has made it a popular club or party drug, and is commonly called “Special K.”

How is Ketamine given?

If you have done any research on the subject you will probably get this answer; Ketamine is given as an infusion. An IV line is put in place and directly delivers the Ketamine into your vein. The needle is typically placed in your arm or hand. It is reported that this method is the quickest route for the medicine to get to the brain.

You may have also read that most people start with about six doses over a period of 2 weeks, and then they sign up to get booster Infusions once every 3 to 5 weeks.

The facts have alluded to the idea that you may need to continue treatments for a year or more to see long-term results. My experience has proven to me that long term use is absolutely necessary to continue to fight this demon, to recover and lead a productive life.

I agree with these findings, to a point.

Research online misses the fact that Ketamine is also now being given in many other forms. As many of you know, I started out with 6 Infusions and transitioned to IM Ketamine. I get Intramuscular Ketamine shots every two weeks. I do not see this regimen changing any time soon.

I have also used nasal Ketamine spray in an emergency situation. I keep a bottle on hand in case my symptoms show their hateful presence before my next appointment. I appreciate having this option even if I am notoriously known for consistently complaining about this delivery method. I admit that I still find the value of it, and if some horrific event took my beloved doctor away I wouldn’t hesitate to count on the glories of this spray if it meant I could be free of depression for days. I am truly grateful that is not my situation.

There are also pharmacies making Ketamine torches otherwise known as Ketamine lozenges to help patients between their boosters or to extend their maintenance time frame to help reduce costs. I have not yet tried lozenges. I may switch from the spray to torches in the future. However, I am super comfortable with my treatment plan and can’t see convincing my doctor to prescribe the lozenges over the nasal spray. Plus, the lozenges would double my monthly cost because my compounding pharmacy charges more to make lozenges.

How much does nasal Ketamine spray and/or Ketamine lozenges cost?

The cost for the nasal spray ranges between 65-125 a month. My Ketamine spray cost is 65 dollars. The Ketamine lozenges, in my area, cost 125 dollars a month. I had and have to consider my total costs for my maintenance care. This, I imagine, will be the case most of the people seeking help from mood disorders with the use of Ketamine will discover for themselves and adjust.

How does Ketamine work?

Researchers don’t know exactly how Ketamine works to treat depression, but they have some ideas. Unlike antidepressants, which work by shifting the balance of brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine, Ketamine is thought to change the way brain cells communicate with each other.

Ketamine blocks a type of receptor in the brain, known as NMDA, thought to play a role in depression. Recent studies find that Ketamine can have long-lasting effects on depression, even though the drug only stays in the body a short time.

Ketamine also acts on other brain receptors very similar to those opioid receptors, which affect pain and depression.

I, personally, accept this but I want to expound on the subject. I am planning to write a blog in the coming weeks on this topic. It is my understanding over the years that depression was linked to chemical imbalances in the brain and that was the cause of all my misery. I am now rethinking my beliefs.

The more I read about inflammation and diseases makes me convinced that depression is caused by inflammation and not an imbalance of chemicals.

I truly believe that the Ketamine reduces the swelling in my mind and on some levels my body. The Ketamine reduces the inflammation in all the damaged areas of the mind and it is, in my opinion, because of this reduction phenomenon that normal brain flow begins and repairs can be made. As I stated, I will be addressing this remarkable belief in my next blog.

How well does Ketamine work?

It works remarkably well for me. I can be in a really bad place emotionally before my Ketamine therapy and a few hours later I am motivated and willing to take on all the challenges life keeps insisting on throwing my way. Unlike traditional antidepressants, which can take weeks or longer to take effect, Ketamine starts working within a few hours. Personally, I can go into a session feeling extremely suicidal and discouraged only to find myself leaving my doctor’s office pondering how I could have felt so desperate only moments ago.

In the past, I can vividly remember, I had an active suicide plan in place as I walked into the building to get my Ketamine Infusion. Depression hurts. It kills everything. It makes believing in possibilities nonexistent. I am a fighter. I push back. I question. I think of myself as pretty open minded and self aware. However, I am still, after over two and half years of routine Ketamine therapy, incredibly amazed that I can walk out of my doctor’s office shaking my head that only a short time ago suicide felt like the best and only solution to this insidious disease that constantly takes ownership of me.

It is frustrating and immensely discouraging to continuously battle for mind control. I know that for people who are suicidal, this rapid effect can be lifesaving. It constantly pulls me away from the edge.

Ketamine is also helping people who haven’t found relief from other more traditional depression treatments. I am one prime example on the benefits this drug, Ketamine, is providing.

My personal experiences have been similar to many individuals that find themselves wanting to try this new treatment for depression. I am no different from others that have been to several psychiatrists, therapist, cognitive modification behaviorists, and have tried half a dozen, to a dozen or more, medication cocktails without success.

It is sadly noted that many people with Major Depressive Disorder have attempted suicide and again I am not unique. I have scars on the outside and even more on the inside. Suicide has always felt like a valid and logical solution to me and I found myself attempting plan after plan mainly craving relief.

I write now, and I get so sad thinking back on those decades of darkness and self loathing. The depression can sometimes still lead my mind to suicidal idealizations. It is uncomfortable. I trust that the Ketamine will win the battle for me, but thoughts can be powerful and habitual. I keep my doctor informed.

What do you notice about your mood after receiving a Ketamine Infusion?

I have been reading that most patients are reporting a lightening of their mood with Ketamine treatments. They feel that the dread they have been carrying for years begins to lift. If there was anxiety before, all of a sudden there is less anxiety. It’s also not uncommon for people to feel like Ketamine allows them to get out of bed and face their obstacles for the first time ever. I can concur. This has been my experience too.

What are the “side effects” of Ketamine therapy?

I laugh at this question. In my mind there are no side effects. What effects the Ketamine causes during the infusion time are not, in my mind, a side effect. It is the medication working. It is Ketamine showing you that mind and body are one and at the same time they are separate. I will explain.

I would say about 7-9 minutes after getting IV Ketamine, I often experienced “dissociative” effects. These sensations were very similar to what I imagine a spiritual awakening would be like. Many people have reported having an out-of-body experience while under the effects of Ketamine. These feeling subside as the drug wears off. It is roughly about 45 minutes where you will probably feel slightly off. I felt fairly “loopy” at times. Textures in the wall, door or clothing appeared to pop; like a 3D movie without the need for the trashy glasses. Things may look and sound a little bit different than they usually do for you.

Colors appeared very vibrant to me. Some people have mentioned that things might look blurred. I feel my eyesight sharpens with Ketamine. I had this amazing peaceful sensation and awareness. I was observing myself without that familiar harsh judgmental mind I detest.

In the beginning, I did have the unusual experience of looking down at my body and not really seeing it. I made a remark to my husband that I will never forget. I glanced nervously at him and shyly smiled and exclaimed, “Where is my body? I can’t see my feet or hands. I am feeling like a fish in a huge aquarium.” I was laughing at the silliness of my thoughts and observations. My hubby reassured me that I was still sitting in my chair; all of me. The next moment I glimpsed down and giggled and shouted, hey there my feet are!

The feeling lasts for about an hour after the IV, and then it should wear off, while the drug’s benefits continue.

The drug can possibly cause a spike in blood pressure and heart rate in the short term. I imagine that for most people, that’s probably not a huge problem. It was never an issue for me. It is something to be aware of.

Doctors don’t know much about the long-term effects of Ketamine because they haven’t been able to study it over long periods of time. However, more and more sufferers are finding relief with the assistance of Ketamine therapy.

There have been studies that are carelessly reporting that they have linked regular Ketamine use to memory issues and other problems related to thinking. I can state with confidence that after more than 2.5 years of Ketamine given to me regularly, every two weeks, I have not had any memory issues. However, I did lose months and months of memories with ECT treatments.

I am speaking with a genuine heart. I have had no side effects worthy of mentioning. I will comment again that in the beginning I had issues with nausea. I could have easily requested an anti-nausea medication but I tend to be a purist about all medications I take now. I honestly feel it is a small price to pay for multiple symptom free days.

The memory loss that has been a concern and reported as a potential reason to never offer Ketamine widely to the public doesn’t seem to be the case with the doses being used to treat depression. Yet, those against the use of Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression insist on claiming that it does.

Doctors also worry that the drug might lead to abuse, but this hasn’t been proven either. I have an addictive personality and have a history of becoming obsessed and massively addicted with a number of coping clutches in the past. For example, I am a recovering alcoholic and had been sober for over ten years when I started Ketamine therapy. So, yes, I did worry about addiction. I admit that I did fret about my tolerance level and whether over time I would grow intolerant or need more Ketamine to achieve the same results. My history has made me cynical. I worried unnecessarily. I have never craved Ketamine physically like I did with alcohol or other devices I used to manage my depression and anxiety over the years. I admit that I have heard myself say, “I am in critical need of Ketamine. I want it right now; fast. Please!” I have no doubt in my mind that desire and need is all about wanting to be symptom free again and not an actual feeling that would lead to abuse.

If the Ketamine is administered accurately, I feel the relief for 8-10 days and then I find that my illness creeps back in and takes over again. The return of my depression and anxiety can begins slowly at first. I notice it is harder to correct my thoughts or redirect them. I lose all patience with myself. Decisions become impossible to make. Frustrations and anger. I appreciate the slow build. It is when I go to bed feeling great, and I awake the next morning afraid to leave my house and quickly my resolution drives me straight to suicidal thoughts and plans.

It doesn’t make sense to me. I was fine when I went to bed. Why, oh why? What happened? The OCD thinking takes the wheel and drives my every action. It is days like these that I am forever grateful for Ketamine. I know these emotions and fears are temporary. I also know I have the Ketamine spray for days like these and that helps pacify me. I don’t ever really feel the need to abuse the nasal spray either. I feel and have found for myself that If you are feeling symptom free from that nightmare you thought only suicide could cure, you probably won’t be sticking around the house getting high. You will be out there living the life you were meant to. Having said that, I do understand the risks and concerns. Ketamine is no different to me than Benzodiazepines and Opiates. Doctors write a Xanax script without blinking and trust me I worry more about the abuse with anti-anxiety medications than I ever will with Ketamine.

How much does it cost?

The price can vary based on the doctor and location. Generally, each IV costs $400 to $800.

As of 2017, Insurance companies often don’t cover the cost of treatments. I am aware that Kaiser Permanente has recently started testing a Ketamine program.

There are also more and more centers opening every few months. I have located several offices, such as The Injection & Infusion Clinic, offering Ketamine Infusions for as low as $299 per infusion. I suggest doing your homework.

I would also consider IM Ketamine shots or Nasal Ketamine spray which are both typically more cost efficient.

In conclusion, If you know of anyone suffering with treatment resistant depression, like I do, let them know that Ketamine therapy may be an option worth looking into. It has been and continues to offer me relief from my symptoms. If you or someone you know are considering Ketamine infusion therapy, please visit www.infusionclinicabq.com for low cost ketamine infusion and injection options. If you are not in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area I also suggest approaching a local professional and start educating them on the benefits of Ketamine. It doesn’t hurt to ask for what you need.

You can also visit my Ketamine provider list to find a provider in your area which is located here and on my personal website.

Join me again next month, when I address more questions about Ketamine Infusions and Intramuscular Ketamine in the final blog of my Q & A series. I plan to share my thoughts and experiences about how diet effects mood and possibly Ketamine. I will revisit any unanswered questions about the different delivery methods, the effects of Ketamine, Ketamine Advocacy, and concerns over what I have been reading during my research and studies on the drug. I appreciate all the interest and inquiries. I really do. Thank you for reaching out. I hope others will find hope with Ketamine. I will continue to advocate… Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression and Anxiety Disorders. It continues to work its “magic” for me every two weeks.

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Pondering Concerns & Questions: The Benefits Of Ketamine For Treatment Resistant Depression

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Hello again. This is Susan from myketaminestory.com. I am once again addressing questions and concerns regarding Ketamine therapies for treating mood disorders and pain. I am writing a four part series answering questions about Ketamine use, based on my experience with Ketamine therapy over the past 2.5 years, for The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ. This is the fourth and final post in my Q & A series.

My first blog, Ketamine: Addressing Questions & Concerns focused on my early experience with Ketamine Infusions. In part two of the series, Addressing Questions & Concerns About Ketamine Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression I addressed questions and concerns about Intramuscular Ketamine verses Ketamine Infusion therapy. In my last blog, Frequently Asked Questions: Redefining Depression With The Assistance Of Ketamine Therapy, I was a bit more random. I had emails with several questions and themes and I addressed as many inquiries as I could. In my final question and answer dialogue I want to discuss research, clinical studies, and the need for changes to occur within our insurance companies and federal government so that maybe one day Ketamine will not be so difficult to afford or obtain from any qualified professional.

I will preface this series of questions with an obvious disclaimer. I am answering all the questions posed in this blog, as well as the three previously mentioned, based on personal experience with Ketamine treatments and my own continued readings. I want to advocate the use of Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression because of my results from the therapy. I am sharing my success and how I have benefited from Ketamine, the new form of treatment for depression.

Let’s jump right into this frustrating topic.

How long have researchers been studying the positive effects Ketamine has on mood disorders?

I am not completely sure. I think I read that in 2000, researchers started studying Ketamine as a treatment for depression. I personally was not aware of Ketamine as a medication used for Treatment Resistant Depression until 2015. I would have loved to have known about Ketamine a decade ago, but I am constantly reminded in my recovery to be grateful that my husband discovered it when he did.

It was over those 15 years that the studies and research have led us to discover that Ketamine improves the mood and does so much faster than traditional antidepressant drugs.

The clinical studies were demonstrating that not only was Ketamine reducing depression symptoms, it was also working for individuals that had exhausted all other options because traditional methods, such as ECT and antidepressant cocktails, had failed over and over again. That has been my experience; my story.

What uses have been found for Ketamine through 2017?

Ketamine has only been FDA-approved as an anesthetic for surgery and diagnostic procedures. That status has not really changed over the last few years, as some might expect, given the fact Ketamine has been featured in medical journals and news magazines.

In 2017, Ketamine is now being successfully used to treat depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, OCD, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), other mood disorders, and nerve-related pain.

So, is Ketamine FDA-approved to treat depression?

No. There is no money in it. It is a very expensive process and the drug companies won’t make any money off the drug if it is reclassified.

However, on a positive note, Ketamine is now being recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a valid treatment for depression. The reason this is a good outcome is it has been beneficial for those providers already using Ketamine therapy to broaden their client base. I also find it helpful in advocating the use of Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression and Anxiety for those suffering, as well as new interest in providing this incredible therapy to more people.

Could you explain why Ketamine isn’t FDA-approved to treat depression?

I will attempt to explain what I understand about the process. In order to approve any new drug, the FDA needs evidence that it works effectively and it doesn’t cause any major harm. Typically, they determine their decision based on evidence from clinical trials involving hundreds or thousands of people.

Most of the clinical studies that have been done using Ketamine so far have been small; 25 to 50 people.

The reason larger research programs on Ketamine haven’t been done in the past is mainly because these type of clinical studies can cost millions of dollars to orchestrate.

The main issue has been that Ketamine is a generic drug. Pharmaceutical companies can’t patent it again and earn their money back from the clinical trials needed to reclassify the drug to include treating mood disorders.

However, companies are developing other drugs based on Ketamine. This is both a positive and a negative in my opinion. The main complication will be creating a pill that is so like Ketamine and continues to have no side effects. Every antidepressant I was ever on had horrific side effects. Pure Ketamine, as it is now, has no side effects. Let me correct that statement by clarifying that after 2.5 plus years of Ketamine use I have yet to show signs of any health concerns. That has never been my experience in the past, with other medications; ever. Before Ketamine, I was a frequent visitor to my family doctor due to illnesses and side effects. What is even worse, I have been in my share of emergency rooms far too many times to remember because of the medications I was prescribed for my depression and anxiety. I will never forget the pain and fear I felt when one medication cocktail had so many side effects that I was no longer capable of urinating! Seriously. It took several attempts to figure out which medication was the culprit. Once again leaving me all the more miserable and suicidal. No wonder I was initially skeptical when my husband mentioned Ketamine to me for the first time.

In August 2016, the FDA put the drug Esketamine on a fast track to approval by designating it as a breakthrough therapy. Esketamine, which is given as a nasal spray, is being tested in phase III clinical trials. Another drug that acts on NMDA receptors called Rapastinel (GLYX-13) also received breakthrough therapy status in early 2016.

My primary fear is what big pharma will unnecessarily add to their new creation when attempting to reproduce the results of Ketamine, which is already being made perfectly and inexpensively without any lasting side effects.

What should people consider before they try Ketamine?

I think the only worry I had when I made the appointments for my 6 Infusions in 2015 was actually a double sided fear. What if Ketamine doesn’t work for me? And the flip side of that obsessive thought was the painful terror I felt at the thought, what if Ketamine helps me and I can’t afford to continue the treatments. I was convinced it would lead me straight to my death if it didn’t work, but what if it is effective will I ever survive without it?

What would life without depression and anxiety even look like? I was pretty twisted by all my thoughts leading up to my trip to New Jersey for my six infusions.

I never believed Ketamine was a miracle cure. Never. It didn’t seem possible that after more than four decades of profound depression and anxiety six treatments could kick that evil. I knew that if Ketamine was helpful, I was going to need to find a provider closer to my home and for an affordable rate for me. I worried this would not be realistic because in 2015 options were limited. So, because of this panic I felt in the beginning, I might suggest looking into follow up care to reduce the anxiety if that is an issue for you, like it was for me.

Do you think that Ketamine therapy is a miracle cure for depression?

No. I feel Ketamine is a tool. It gives you the ability to do the work you need to do. You may have been trying repeatedly to improve your mood and situation wanting only to accomplish wellness and over the years you have failed. I feel Ketamine assists my recovery. I can see progress. When I utilize the cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) tools, I genuinely feel I am learning and improving now.

There should be some emphasis that Ketamine isn’t a quick fix. Although it can have a rapid positive effect, I don’t think enough information is given about the possibility of having to return after the first six infusions for a booster in order to continue to thrive from the benefits of Ketamine on your depression and anxiety.

People are getting the idea that Ketamine is a miracle cure. This is upsetting to me. I believe only a few people are fortunate enough to get one dose and then have their depression go away. I don’t think this is an accurate portrayal of Ketamine. It is likely that even after the six recommended infusions most will need follow up care.

The initial effects of the drug on depression can fade quickly; within 1 to 3 days. Most people need to get repeat treatments over many months or years to see long-term improvements. This has been my story.

I feel adding mindfulness training and constantly utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy tools might help the Ketamine antidepressant effects last longer. It has worked for me many, many times over the past couple years.

I am suffering with Depression and want to try Ketamine. Where can I get Ketamine?

You can get it at a Ketamine clinic. There are more than one hundred clinics around the country now, but the drug can also be administered by a medical doctor, registered nurse, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants just to name a few.

I recommend speaking to a family doctor or trusted practitioner about Ketamine and its benefits. Advocate for your health and mental well being. It will not hurt to ask for what you need. It may be frustrating trying to educate professionals, but it never stops me. This drug is changing lives and you may just find that empathetic provider willing to learn and assist you.

Ketamine is also given experimentally in clinical trials. I suggest googling Ketamine studies or clinical trails on Ketamine for TRD or mood disorders.

I have been generating a Ketamine Providers and Locations list and I update it regularly. The list can be found here and on my personal website. This list may help you find a clinic in your city or state.

In conclusion, If you know of anyone suffering with treatment resistant depression, like I do, let them know that Ketamine therapy may be an option worth looking into. It has been and continues to offer me relief from my symptoms. If you or someone you know are considering Ketamine infusion therapy, please visit www.infusionclinicabq.com for low cost ketamine infusion and injection options. If you are not in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area I also suggest approaching a local professional and start educating them on the benefits of Ketamine. Again, it doesn’t hurt to ask for what you need. ​

Join me again next month, when I plan to share my thoughts and experiences about how diet affects mood and possibly Ketamine therapy. I appreciate all the interest and inquiries. I really do. Thank you for reaching out. I hope others will find hope with Ketamine. I will continue to advocate Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression and Anxiety Disorders. It continues to work its “magic” for me every two weeks.

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Hello again. This is Susan from myketaminestory.com. I am a blogger that suffers with Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD), Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I was introduced to Ketamine for TRD in January 2015. I am forever grateful that I was. I spent the first two years focused on my recovery. I now have an excellent treatment plan in place but that does not clear me from obstacles or pitfalls. I journal regularly. I educate and advocate for Ketamine Therapy to help treat depression. I write for The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ, entirely based on my experience with Ketamine therapy over the past 2.5 years,

It has been a rough couple weeks for me. It makes me humble. I often forget where I once was. I was speaking with a friend recently about how frustrating my recovery has been and how it continues to really mess with me emotionally. I feel so incredible when Ketamine is assisting me. I complained how inconsistent the relief is. I moaned about how the depression was crushing me. I begged her to remind me why I fight so hard. I requested kind, gentle reasons why she thinks that I am a good person. I needed to know my worth. I get discouraged easily. I know much of my insecurities are tied to decades of profound depression and habit energy. I am aware. My friend says to me, “Susan, write.” That was her advice to me after her compliments just caused me embarrassment. It is not easy for me to hear positive insights people see. It is not my strongest ability. It feels impossible to hear and accept kind words about myself when the depression filters are on. I want desperately to know why my friends and family are pleased to have me in their lives. I am eager. When others share with me all the good they see in me I want to reject it even when I need the words and feelings to wrap around me and squeeze tight.

My friend is wise.

Several of the people in my life know what writing means to me. They know how writing has been the foundation to my recovery. It has been one thing I could count on to help me process my feelings and confusion. I have been using my love for language and arts forever to express myself and find clarity. When I responded this way in the conversation with my dear friend, I could hear a smile in her voice as she agreed and pointed out how writing about my black days could also help others understand the journey I am on with Ketamine and perhaps be an inspiration for them.

I was ready to hang up the phone and head straight to my laptop when the last thing she said to me really hit home. I wanted to cry. Her message to me was that I am more than my depression. My friend ended with, “Susan, sometimes you gotta walk under the hurdles when you can’t jump over them!”

She is absolutely right.

However, I can believe it to be true and logically know it to be fact, but it doesn’t make it any easier to accept it. I do not feel it enough to believe it to be my reality. I don’t want to be outraged by my lack of acceptance. It has been four decades and I am still in denial about not having any control over my illnesses. Ketamine allows me the ability to observe my mind and actions. I can see the difference. I have discovered that the Ketamine works beautifully for me until it doesn’t. I want to be like every other person and not need medication to make sense of the world around me. I resent everything mental health. I pout. I retreat. I fume. I want the Ketamine to never stop working. I don’t want to have any days where I experience a backslide into that all too familiar place. I don’t want to accept this. I want to stop taking any steps back. I falter and the anxiety consumes me. I fear leaving the house. I don’t get it. I was just fine a few minutes ago and now I am fighting to take a breath.

I do have to be told routinely that before Ketamine I never had a symptom free day. The Ketamine shot I get can last up to 12 days for me. It has. I feel if I am eating a vegan diet I find the Ketamine seems to keep the demons at bay longer. I am a vegetarian that strives to be vegan. I have committed to veganism for as long as nine to ten months at a time. Then, in a moment of weakness, I will start to think that cheese and crackers sure do sound amazing! That is all it takes. Dairy foods can be addictive. My body craves cottage cheese. Seriously. Unfortunately, I have become all too aware of how my eating plays havoc on my mood and on how long and how well the Ketamine works for me. I am now re-committed to a vegan diet and plan to write an article on the subject of diet and Ketamine later in the month.

I recognize that many foods cause inflammation. I believe inflammation is directly linked to depression and anxiety. Ketamine works on inflammation. The connection seems obvious. I find when the depression is doing the talking, I want comfort. I am not thinking at my best. I feel miserable and cheated. If I am kidding myself and in denial about the connection between food and feeling good my cravings for a pint of Cherry Garcia outweighs all my memories of past negative experiences. I find myself with a spoon in hand. I pay a high price for those brief glances at pleasure. That sugar will destroy me for days, and what is even worse is the Ketamine is weakening, and the battle is on.

I should be able to control what I eat so I can give myself better chances for feeling great, but habits are locked in place. Great – now I have even more work to do.

Acceptance.

This illness, my nemesis depression, I don’t want to accept it. I don’t want to admit it has control. I am a huge control freak. I don’t want to accept all the issues having treatment resistant depression carries with it. I wasn’t given a choice. This is my history and future. I am beginning to learn to manage the roller coaster I feel I live on most days with the help of Ketamine therapy, but I won’t lie and state I am a master at it. I am gifted with days where I feel like a super hero and I can conquer everything evil. I was never so blessed in the past. I promise not to digress and follow that thought any farther, because I could ramble paragraph after paragraph on how nothing helped me in the past. I could state with hostility that not one medication cocktail or ECT treatment healed my depression enough to give even the slightest relief. Ketamine has been the exception.

I was able to keep that brief. Remarkable.

Back to the conversation I was having with a close friend. I whined to her about my frustrations with feeling great and sinking without a caution sign to warn me. I am exhausted. I am cycling with insomnia. I feel my thoughts never give me peace. I feel I spend all my waking hours breaking old habits and thoughts. I am not kidding I do spend a fair amount of time working on understanding my illness and how it controls me. I spend even more time utilizing the cognitive behavior therapy tools I already paid for. I am discovering. I am aware. I have learned so much about the differences in my abilities to function in the world when the depression shows its fangs. It is bittersweet, really. I have no control. None. It is like quicksand pulling on me. I am going about my business. I am living life in the light. I am whistling and skipping down the street. I stop in front of a pet store and soak up the glories of the puppies in the window. I feel the sun on my face and life is good. It is really great. I am managing. I feel whole. I giggle at the silliness of the young dogs and then catch a glimpse of myself in the reflection in the store window and it can happen, just like that: sadness and despair. The concrete below my feet turns to water and I am drowning. What the….. Wait. What? Why? What did I do? I promise not to do it again just please allow me another couple days of sunshine and blessings. Just like that I can no longer find the patience I need to deal with Susan when the depression and anxiety take over. I find that I am fighting for the simplest things. Should I go into the pet store, watch from outside, continue walking down the street, or should I, should I? It seems impossible to hear the answers through all the doubts and self hate. It is difficult to hold on to the self assurance I had only moments ago. I want to die. I don’t want to fight. I want to be raging mad that once again I am below the surface. I am frustrated that as much as I want to be able to face the world and its complications, I am reminded that I will always have depression and anxiety filtering my mind and my world.

I was feeling extremely suicidal last week. I was exhausted. I was bitter and resented once again about having to do the constant work needed to keep me grounded and focused. I spend countless hours practicing mindfulness techniques, cognitive tools such as visualization, active thought redirection and behavior modification experiences. Why do I still find myself repeatedly saying I want to die? I wish this would end, I am exhausted, I need a break, stop, please stop? The depression returns. It pains me. I try not to be outraged. I actively plan for the return of my symptoms. It happens. The depression and anxiety return like clock work. I get my Ketamine treatments and I know that I will be more than capable of coping with any stress put in my way. I leave my doctors office 95% of the time ready to take on the world. I am ready to put my illness on the back burner and start cooking. I find myself calm and excited to be participating in this game called life. I am eager to accomplish as much as I can in the next seven or eight days. It is only now as I am writing this blog for The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ, that it occurs to me that I might be setting myself up to fail my second week during the two week period between my Intramuscular (IM) Ketamine shots and the next maintenance dose. It seems obvious that trying to schedule two weeks of activities and recovery work into the one week I know I will feel great may not be in my best interest. However, I worry that if I spread all my obligations over the full two weeks, I will not be able to manage what I planned in my second week. I want to get everything I can taken care of during the frame of time I have absolute confidence the Ketamine will keep my depression at bay. The second week is far less reliable. As I have written before, the Ketamine has turned down the symptoms I have felt all my life due to depression and anxiety disorders regularly. I have been successful in going almost 12 days feeling free from the beast and darkness. I have also had occasions where the illness took back control after only four days of relief. It is frustrating. I now see the same adorable puppies in a completely obscure light. I can only hear the barking and clawing. I can smell wet pet hair. I cringe. I feel lost. I don’t want to lose hope too.

I really want to not feel rage and bitterness when the spinning begins. I want control. The anxiety and heaviness is too much. It feels unbearable. My son likes to reassure me that I have been further down the rabbit hole and climbed my way up, I can make it two days until my next Ketamine treatment. He is also correct. I know these confusing thoughts and resentments don’t compare to hiding away from life in a closet afraid of myself and the world outside those four walls. In retrospect I would much rather stress over my indecision and thoughts of doom. Trust me. Unfortunately, when the Ketamine goes on vacation, so to speak, that major drop from “all is good with my world” to the opposite feelings of… “oh hell no, not again. It is too soon. Last time I got relief from my symptoms for nine days and today is day six. Please.” I know that once the devil shows his bloody face it is down hill until my next Ketamine appointment.

I want balance.

I want to adjust more smoothly. I don’t want the presence of my depression and anxiety to be so incredibly disruptive to me and my life. I am trying to have a career and social life. I can’t keep retreating into hiding and misery every 9 or 10 days. It feels impossible to understand how I can cope miraculously with the stresses of work, family and more, only to find myself spinning and unable to find the strength to combat the darkness and sorrow the following day. It is painful. It is exhausting work. There is suffering. Every single being has their own war. I get that. I am not comparing. I am sharing. I am better. I still fight. I still get severely depressed; suicidal. I want to give up. I am exhausted. I direct my focus on trying to make it to my next Ketamine treatment and stay present. It is way too easy to lock myself in my home until I can be the best version of me. The acceptable me. As you can correctly surmise, I am a work in progress. I am all too happy to report that I am moving forward, healing, growing, getting stronger. Every day I gain self awareness, worldly knowledge, and strive to be a better healthier me. I succeed with this task more days than not. I love having hope for my future now. I know Ketamine is not a cure for my depression, but it offers me days filled with laughter like I could never imagine before. It seemed that world was for others. I am glad I can be a visitor now. One day an outcast and the next day a queen. It is the inconsistencies that hit me harder than I care to admit. I still wouldn’t exchange the freedom I have now, even if it doesn’t last more than a week. It is a week I never had before I found Ketamine.

I am very fortunate to have the option of Ketamine therapy and that it works for me. This will not be the case for everyone. I understand that. I also think it is important to know that life is difficult. Everyone has “bad” days. I often confuse a bad day with the start of a depression cycle. This is not necessarily the case. I have had a crap day and would believe 100% that the depression would definitely kill me only to wake up the following day and feel fine.

Emotions are complex.

I try to be curious. I work at refraining from judging myself too critically. I win some, and I lose many. What is important for me to remember is, I am winning.

Winning.

So, yes Ketamine is changing my life. I find I desire life more than death. That has been new. Ketamine religiously lifts me from despair. I need Ketamine therapy to tackle my profound depression so I can accomplish the personal growth I need to be whole and maybe one day find peace and acceptance. I look forward to the day I am no longer raging mad about how my mental illness keeps randomly affecting my life so negatively. That will be glorious.

I know that all treatment plans are not perfect. They all need tweaking. They all then need more adjusting. I do feel blessed to have a plan in motion. I love that I am no longer looking for yet another medication to try and have fail. I am always grateful for Ketamine therapy. How do I state this with such passion after all I have shared in this blog? I know in my heart that I just have to make it until my next appointment feeling these intensely negative suicidal thoughts. I went decades thinking this illness would claim my life. Convinced. It almost did. It almost did. I know as upsetting as the return of my symptoms are to me during the second half of the time between Ketamine sessions, I still have it to aid me. I am no longer in an emergency room having a doctor tell me I am toxic from all the medications I am on. Better yet, I won’t have repeat stories about visits to the ER where I had to have a catheter administered because my latest medication cocktail treatment plan had the wonderful side effect of urine retention. I literally could not pee. Really? I don’t miss those days. I still can’t forget them, but I no longer worry that it is my future.

Every treatment plan issued has pitfalls and obstacles to maneuver around. It can be a frustrating recovery while the mind heals, but I am slowly inching forward with the help of Ketamine every two weeks. It still amazes me that one shot given every two weeks can assist me in functioning in a world I could only dream of being a part of just 2.5 years ago.

In conclusion, If you know of anyone suffering with treatment resistant depression, like I do, let them know that Ketamine therapy may be an option worth looking into. It has been and continues to offer me relief from my symptoms. If you or someone you know are considering Ketamine infusion therapy, please visit www.infusionclinicabq.com for low cost ketamine infusion and injection options. If you are not in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area I also suggest approaching a local professional and start educating them on the benefits of Ketamine. Again, it doesn’t hurt to ask for what you need. ​

I have been generating a Ketamine Providers and Locations list and I update it regularly. The list can be found here and on my personal website. This list may help you find a clinic in your city or state.

Join me again later in the month, when I plan to share my thoughts and experiences about how diet affects mood and possibly Ketamine therapy. I want to send out a special thank you to everyone, from my fellow sufferers to those that love us, that continue to connect with me. I appreciate all the interest and inquiries. I really do. Thank you for reaching out. I hope others will find hope with Ketamine. I will continue to advocate Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression and Anxiety Disorders. It continues to work its “magic” for me every two weeks.

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Ketamine: discover a new treatment

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Hello. This is Susan from myketaminestory.com. I am a blogger that suffers with Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD), Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I was introduced to Ketamine for TRD in January 2015. I am forever grateful that I was. I spent the first two years focused on my recovery. I now have an excellent treatment plan in place but that does not clear me from obstacles or pitfalls. I journal regularly. I educate and advocate for Ketamine Therapy to help treat depression. I write for The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ, entirely based on my experience with Ketamine therapy over the past 2.5 years,

This blog is a work in progress. My desire is to educate both the general public as well as physicians on the use of Ketamine for treating chronic clinical depression. I was diagnosed with clinical depression and generalized anxiety disorder at the age of 18. I spent nearly 30 years after that searching for treatment to pull me from the depths of suicidal depression, daily panic attacks, insomnia and agoraphobia. I have spent countless times in psych hospitals, often for long periods. I have been prescribed practically every antidepressant on the market at one time in my life. The side effects alone have horror stories that could easily fill an entire 700 page novel. I have felt so desperate to escape the hell I was constantly living in that I tried ECT (electroconvulsive therapy, otherwise known as shock therapy). I believe that after a couple decades of seeking out treatments and several different varieties of therapy to no avail I truly began to believe that maybe it was “all in my head”. However, I could never wrap my mind around that because I was sincerely convinced that I would never willingly choose the world I was suffocating in daily.

Fast forward to 2015, I am once again deep in the pit of depression. I see no hope. I am done fighting. I have attempted to take my life so many times that I can’t recall a number; suicidal depression is always calling your name. January 2015, my light went out. I honestly had no fight left in me. Those of you that suffer know exactly what I mean. Trust me when I say treatment resistant depression is exhausting. I felt like I was fighting an evil so big, dark and all encompassing I couldn’t breathe. I was done. It was my most serious attempt. I left a note that no action should be taken. I apologized, but I could only pray that one day they would know and understand that I loved them and stuck around so, so long for them. The pain, hopelessness and the lack of successful treatment drove me to actions, that unfortunately many understand while others will never get it; to those individuals please be grateful you are so blatantly unaware of the world we were unknowingly and unwillingly sucked into. My last attempt was a serious one. I was so frustrated and angry when I was unsuccessful. My therapist and husband went into research mode and both were equally excited about this new treatment they found for treatment resistant depression: Ketamine infusions. The only problem was that it was a new treatment and insurance won’t cover the cost. I know for many, including myself, the cost of mental health puts a financial burden on the family. We didn’t have extra money to invest in an unknown expensive treatment. I was so angry. Why do we have to put a monetary value on what we are worth? I was at the end. I knew with everything in me I would keep trying to take my life until I was successful because the life I was living was no life at all. My husband and therapist realized I was unreachable. They kept pushing me to give it a try. We used our entire income tax return and traveled to New Jersey (we live in Virginia and at the time there were no clinics or facilities providing Ketamine infusions there) to the Ketamine Treatment Center of Princeton.

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It took everything in me to stay alive until we received our tax refund and could travel to the treatment center. It was the longest five weeks of my life. It was filled with doubt that Ketamine infusions could even help me and that driving desire to end my life. In the end, I had 6 infusion treatments over a two week period. And I am thrilled to admit it changed the direction of my life. I was fortunate enough to learn that a doctor in Charlottesville, Va was willing to start trying intramuscular Ketamine shots. When I returned home to Virginia I was feeling rather strange, but in a hopeful positive manner. When I was asked what it was like I could only compare it to an individual that has been deaf all their life and they undergo cochlear implants. I imagine once they wake from surgery everything in their world is shifted, new, scary and a little shocking. I felt like I was experiencing life from the shoreline instead of under the vast powerful ocean waters. My life, it has not been the same. I have discovered me. It is still a lot of personal growth work and I struggle, but Ketamine has allowed me to see clearly. It gives me the ability to do the work because it pulls me up and out of the debilitating depression. I get Ketamine shots every two weeks now. I want to share my experiences, educate, possibly change a flawed belief system, as well as force insurance companies to pay for the cost of treatment. And trust me, the cost is a fraction of the cost of hospitalizations and traditional methods of treatment. In my blog I plan to document my Ketamine treatments, the effects, how it is changing my life, educate others suffering with treatment resistant depression, discuss changing insurance policies to include Ketamine treatments and if I am effective in my writings I am really hoping to open the eyes of psychiatrist, physicians, and nurse practitioners alike.

In conclusion, If you know of anyone suffering with treatment resistant depression, like I do, let them know that Ketamine therapy may be an option worth looking into. It has been and continues to offer me relief from my symptoms. If you or someone you know are considering Ketamine infusion therapy, please visit www.infusionclinicabq.com for low cost ketamine infusion and injection options. If you are not in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area I also suggest approaching a local professional and start educating them on the benefits of Ketamine. Again, it doesn’t hurt to ask for what you need. ​

I have been generating a Ketamine Providers and Locations list and I update it regularly. The list can be found here and on my personal website. This list may help you find a clinic in your city or state.

Join me again later in the month, when I plan to share my thoughts and experiences about how diet affects mood and possibly Ketamine therapy. I want to send out a special thank you to everyone, from my fellow sufferers to those that love us, that continue to connect with me. I appreciate all the interest and inquiries. I really do. Thank you for reaching out. I hope others will find hope with Ketamine. I will continue to advocate Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression and Anxiety Disorders. It continues to work its “magic” for me every two weeks.

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The Cost Of Ketamine Therapy On The Mind, Body, And Your Pocketbook.

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Hello again. This is Susan from myketaminestory.com. I am a blogger that suffers with Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD), Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I was introduced to Ketamine for TRD in January 2015. I am forever grateful that I was. I spent the first two years focused on my recovery. I now have an excellent treatment plan in place but I have repeatedly written about how that does not clear me from obstacles or pitfalls. I journal regularly. I educate and advocate for Ketamine Therapy to help treat depression. I write for The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ, entirely based on my experience with Ketamine therapy over the past 2.5 years.

I was recently speaking with the owner, Jason Duprat, of the Albuquerque, New Mexico Ketamine clinic about the financial stresses of being treated with Ketamine therapy. I was on a call conducting an interview with Mr. Duprat for my next blog post. The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ is one of the few centers providing low cost Ketamine infusions; for under $300 dollars a session, instead to the national average of $450 dollars per treatment, a person suffering with Treatment Resistant Depression, PTSD or chronic pain could potentially find relief for the first time in their lives. We both understand it is still a heavy commitment, but it could be ultimately life altering and worth every cent. We could both definitely agree on that and remarkably much more.

I was super excited about this conversation with the innovative thinker and Ketamine provider. Jason had been hinting about a new project for weeks and when I heard what he was putting together I was thrilled. We discussed the announcement about his new venture into training courses to help others become Ketamine providers. It was during this phone call that we started the heated debate regarding the price of Ketamine therapy. We both concur that there is a desperate need for Ketamine to help treatment resistant depression, PTSD and pain symptoms.

I will be perfectly honest with you: I found myself enjoying my conversation with this certified registered nurse anesthetist. In my opinion, Mr. Duprat thinks outside the box. I like that about him. He spots a need for education and creates a training course. He discovers how many individuals are suffering and want Ketamine treatments but who can not afford the steep price tag and makes adjustments. Jason values what patients are saying around the nation and responds. He lowered his prices in order to be able to help more people get the help they desperately need by providing Ketamine infusions ($299) as well as Intramuscular (IM) Ketamine injections ($199).

When I suggested his Ketamine center consider even lower prices, I could hear the sad smile across the miles. Jason gently replied to me that there are costs involved in running an operation; overhead costs. He apologizes and worries that he is being insensitive to my feelings and struggles. I quickly reassure him that I understand the business side, and I am not offended. I am a Ketamine advocate, and I really want to educate and offer hope. Possibly. Mr. Duprat thanks me for my advocacy and writings. He informs me that there are not too many people writing about Ketamine; especially not patients that are being treated with Ketamine.

We return to our discussion about business expenses. Jason explained how they have rent, payroll, supplies, Ketamine, insurances, and marketing costs – and that is simplifying the business for the sake of this explanation. He shared with me how $299 per infusion was the lowest realistic price for his clinic to set. He does, after all, eventually want to take home a paycheck. I can understand that. I do. We all need to make a living. What is even more obvious is we all need cash to make life happen. Money is always exchanging hands and services are typically not free. It is undeniably true.

The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ is one of the lowest charging Ketamine centers. Most Ketamine providers at charging twice that. A price tag of $450-750 dollars per treatment seem to be the common numbers I have seen while putting together my Ketamine Provider & Location List. I think at $299 an infusion and the option of IM Ketamine (which is what I can afford) injections costing $199, this Albuquerque Ketamine Clinic is going to be welcoming more patients. It has been Mr. Duprat’s goal to provide Ketamine to more sufferers and hopefully offer a solution that will lift the symptoms associated with depression, PTSD and chronic pain allowing healing and recovery to begin.

We easily transitioned onto the topic of high yield and massive profits but only being able to service few, versus Jason’s approach, which has more affordable options in hopes of allowing Ketamine to reach more people like me. We talked about how he could charge more, like many of the other Ketamine centers, but Jason Duprat quickly pointed out with a hypothetical example. On Monday morning let’s say I receive 10 phone calls asking about Ketamine and our services. I could treat 5 clients at a cost of $500 dollars and make $2500 dollar or I could charge $300 dollars with a more long term goal in mind.

Jason informs me that he feels he has now made it available to more sufferers because of the reduction in cost per treatment. He continues explaining with his fictitious example and characters to prove a valuable point. It is quite possible that with a lower price more patients may be capable of covering the cost and find Ketamine, which equates to more symptom relief.

I feel it is heartbreaking and unfortunate that most insurance companies still reject claims by Ketamine users. Change is taking place; painfully slow.

Mr. Duprat continues, for the same 10 calls he received earlier for inquiries into treatment cost, he might happily set up 8 appointments now. Thus, he was able to offer this life altering therapy to 3 more people that may have never considered this treatment realistic at $500 dollars a session. He feels great about assisting more families in healing and taking back their lives.

I chuckle and add, that he could also offer Intramuscular (IM) Ketamine shots for $199 and reach out and help more people. You can treat all 10 callers and a few more. I assure Jason that getting a referral would not deter me. They may have to get a medical referral to receive IM Ketamine but the savings could be mind boggling. I informed him that the shots help me and I can afford them. This may be an affordable option for others too. It allows me to find relief. The injections keep the symptoms in the background for days and often over a week to ten days.

Mr. Duprat also shared with me stories of family and friends pulling him aside to express their gratitude to him and to the use of Ketamine. Ketamine is helping more than just the one receiving the infusion. I know this to be true for me and my family too. Ketamine has touched and lifted more than just my mood and outlook.

I really found it amazing when the Ketamine center owner spoke with pure genuine emotions when he said he was now getting calls from out of state for appointments seeking his service because of the lower cost. It is so important to offer low cost treatment options and sensitive personnel too. I have had several occasions during my initial contact with those hurting that I am told they will be flying into town solely based on our price. They return because we make them feel welcomed and cared for.

The stress of trying to afford Ketamine can be taxing on the mind and body. It can put a strain on relationships, but so can mental health issues. It will be nice if and when Ketamine can be offered and reimbursed by all insurance companies. It will be a beautiful day when we can focus primarily on healing and our recovery, not whether I can shuffle bills around to pay the coverage of Ketamine therapy. A copay used to annoy me to no end. We already pay a premium every month and now we have to pay to use the insurance we already send a check to every month? Now, I would welcome a co-payment.

Financial stress can make you sick. I feel it could affect the way the body uses the Ketamine too. What I mean by this is, the burden we face budgeting to cover charges for Ketamine therapy could potentially block the treatment. If the Ketamine doesn’t work, then you no longer have to worry about the price tag. The mind and body are a strange complicated system. It might be possible to block the ability Ketamine has to help if you are constantly frantic over how you will pay. You may also choose not to return as often as you would like because it is just not realistic for most of our society. Some Ketamine clinics are charging more than a monthly car payment or mortgage. This treatment demands full out of pocket cost for the general population. There are a few exceptions, of course. There may be clinical studies in your area that you might be fortunate to participate in.

In general, this monthly addition to our budgets takes much juggling and sacrifices on our parts. We are once again asked to place value on our well being. How difficult it is to find worth at all when your symptoms are present and weighing you down heavily. When the noise is screaming over and over in your ear that you are worthless. Once again you are creating more medical bills to treat this horrifying illness that claims all of me 24/7. I have personal experience with these struggles. I obsess. I shouldn’t put my family through any more burdens. I know that dealing with my mental illnesses is plenty. It is how I feel. I don’t want to be the cause of stress in the household.

I just want to feel better. I want to stop reviewing my suicide plan. This life is not worth living, and even if it was, I can’t afford it.

Stress.

Everywhere.

It creates chaos. We all react. The mind processes and searches. Your body tenses and constricts air and blood flow. Stress. Inside and out.

If we find the money not available because we need to pay the car insurance this month, how do our loved ones say no to us without guilt? How do we ask when we don’t even know if Ketamine will work? It can feel impossible asking for our needs to be met when we know the balance in our bank account.

My husband and I ask these type of questions all the time. We are forced to because I have a long history with medical bills. How I would love to have all the funds we have shelled out in hopes of finding a solution that worked at lifting the depression and anxiety so I can participate in our marriage and family.

Our loved ones and support networks really want us well, as much as, we strive, long, and need to feel better. Money stress, it is just another stressor that will eventually get in the way of healing. It did for me, and many others I have been fortunate to speak with. It can be discouraging.

I know my family went through many, many adjustments after we discovered Ketamine and this new experimental treatment. We didn’t have savings accounts to tap into. We raided those funds years ago paying for the numerous medications, the co payments, the specialty doctors and hospitalizations. It helps me to know that others may not have to wait months to save up the amount needed to try Ketamine. I could have made an appointment months earlier had The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ been operating three years ago.

I will conclude that it is because of the Jason Duprats of the world, the ones that are reducing the price they charge for Ketamine Therapy to make it available for more patients to try this new treatment method. I thank you.

I try to do my part too. It is not easy advocating for a drug that has a high out of pocket cost. However, I know the value Ketamine offers me. I fight to educate in hope of opening eyes and hearts. Ketamine is changing lives. We desperately need more Ketamine Clinics like The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ, willing to offer low cost Ketamine infusions and IM Ketamine shots in order to assist more people, like me, suffering with Treatment Resistant Depression.

Education is needed. Voices too. Change is critical.

Join me next week when I share my interview with Jason Duprat, the founder and creator of the Ketamine Academy; a training course to help those interested in becoming Ketamine providers. Jason is also the owner of The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ and recently went through the process of setting up a Ketamine clinic. Jason sees the importance and the need to educate medical practitioners on how they can provide Ketamine to their patients too. He has been inspired by the comments he get from his patients, and their friends and family. Jason realizes that Ketamine could benefit more people suffering with Treatment Resistant Depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain issues if there were more Ketamine centers available for those suffering to find assistance. Jason expressed how he feels motivated to help others open Ketamine facilities so that it might drive the cost of Ketamine down, as well as, allow sufferers to locate a clinic closer to home and their support network. He is knowledgeable on the subject and was a delight to question. I will be posting my interview next Monday, so please look for it.

Until then….

If you know of anyone suffering with treatment resistant depression, like I do, let them know that Ketamine therapy may be an option worth looking into. It has been and continues to offer me relief from my symptoms. If you or someone you know are considering Ketamine infusion therapy, please visit www.infusionclinicabq.com for low cost ($299) Ketamine infusions as well as Ketamine injection options. If you are not in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area I also suggest approaching a local professional and start educating them on the benefits of Ketamine. Again, it doesn’t hurt to ask for what you need. ​ I have been generating a Ketamine Providers and Locations list and I update it regularly. The list can be found here and on my personal website. This list may help you find a clinic in your city or state.

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Introducing The Ketamine Academy: An Online Ketamine Provider Training Course

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Hello and welcome. It is Susan from myketaminestory.com.

As a brief summary, I write about my experiences and journey with Ketamine Therapy on my website, The Injection and Infusion Clinic of Albuquerque, and also for The Boise Ketamine Clinic. I have a long history with treatment resistant depression and anxiety disorders. My personal mental health care resume includes numerous failed medication cocktails, ECT, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Talk Therapy and hospitalizations. I admit I understand how all of these treatments could potentially help, but they never did for me. It was a little over two and half years ago that I was introduced to Ketamine for depression. I am alive today because of a drug that is raising many questions and concerns from the professional world.

I wrote a four part series answering questions about Ketamine use, based on my experience with Ketamine therapy over the past 2.5 years, for The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ.

My first blog, Ketamine: Addressing Questions & Concerns focused on my early experience with Ketamine Infusions. In part two of the series, Addressing Questions & Concerns About Ketamine Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression I addressed questions and concerns about Intramuscular Ketamine verses Ketamine Infusion therapy. In my third blog, Frequently Asked Questions: Redefining Depression With The Assistance Of Ketamine Therapy, I was a bit more random. I had emails with several questions and themes and I addressed as many inquiries as I could. In my final question and answer dialogue, Pondering Concerns & Questions: The Benefits Of Ketamine For Treatment Resistant Depression, I discussed research, clinical studies, and the need for changes to occur within our insurance companies and federal government so that maybe one day Ketamine will not be so difficult to afford or obtain from any qualified professional.

In my latest blog for The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ I am so incredibly excited to announce, The Ketamine Academy. The Ketamine Academy is a new online training program to help practitioners learn a step by step, proven method, for becoming a Ketamine provider. I have been wanting to shout of this news for weeks now. I wanted to mention the Q & A blog series I have previously written to help cover Ketamine information I may not addressed in this blog series because of my enthusiasm with the introduction of the Ketamine Infusion Training Course.

I am truly stoked to finally have a perfect response to those of you reaching out to me wanting to know more about Ketamine therapy. I have had so many people email me or seek me out to ask how they can become a Ketamine provider. In the past, I have attempted to help by assisting in introductions or making calls to connect the questions with a person that had experience and was willing to share their time and knowledge. I can honestly say that I never felt like those forced conversations were enough information or an adequate representation of the importance of safe low cost Ketamine centers to me and others suffering, lost, in pain, and hopelessly in the dark. I wanted to give more. I am driven to advocate. I want to educate. There is definitely a need.

It was discouraging and often frustrating trying multiple times to get two busy professionals on a conference call together in order for their inquiries to get answered correctly. I have been researching and putting together a Ketamine Provider & Location list for close to a year now hoping to help those suffering with Treatment Resistant Depression find hope. That is what Ketamine offered and continues to give me; hope. I am not the only person that saw a huge need for an online program to educate and assist people in becoming a knowledgeable Ketamine Provider.

I have devoted my full attention and the next three blog posts exclusively to explaining what The Ketamine Academy is and why I am thrilled by the prospect of an online training course dedicated to helping qualified individuals build their own unique business and assist in growing the number of safe locations available nationwide to provide Ketamine therapy to those suffering with treatment resistant illnesses. Ketamine has shown such positive results in minimizing the symptoms of depression as well as several neuropathic pain conditions. I find comfort and relief routinely with Intramuscular Ketamine shots and I don’t see that changing. I strive to make Ketamine a well known drug for treatment resistant depression in hopes of bringing one more tortured being into the light where they can find moments of symptom free living.

In this first of a three part series I will introduce you to The Ketamine Academy. I will review what fabulous content and benefits you could obtain by enrolling in the Ketamine Infusion course. This Ketamine Infusion training course is being offered to all qualified Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), nurse practitioners (NP), physician assistants (PA) and physicians alike. I am ecstatic be writing on such a wonderful and potentially helpful training course.

Be sure to join me the next couple weeks for part two and three of this blog series where I share my interview with, Jason Duprat, the creator of The Ketamine Academy and this much needed online Ketamine Provider Training Program. I spoke in depth with Mr. Duprat and look forward to blogging about our conversation on relevant Ketamine news in a two part informative interview.

The founder and owner of The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ, Mr. Jason Duprat, has put together a comprehensive online training course. As the founder of The Injection and Infusion Clinic of Albuquerque, a full time anesthesia provider and course developer, the content included in this course relies upon Jason’s rich academic and clinical experience with Ketamine. ​

The Ketamine Infusion Therapy Program offered at The Ketamine Academy is a detailed program that combines theory with clinical practice; meaning research meets lessons learned with on-the-job experience. This program includes all major aspects of Ketamine therapy that have practical clinical use and pertinent business value. The teaching approach is derived from Jason Duprat’s clinical experience and the scientific research of Ketamine infusion therapy conducted in clinical trails and research studies. ​ The Ketamine Academy’s program is one of the only standardized, coordinated and comprehensive training programs in the use of Ketamine.

Once again, this online training program is designed for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), nurse practitioners (NP), physicians assistants (PA) and physicians. The program will provide you with tested and proven lessons learned so you can get your clinic up and running in a smooth and hassle free way. There is absolutely no reason now to get caught up in the fear of costly pitfalls. This course will guide you through the entire process, potentially saving you hours in research, stress and doubt. Not to mention the potential of saving thousands of dollars in costly mistakes, you know the ones, those dreaded mistakes that we learn only from heavy challenges and obstacles most of us will run into along the way. I think any start up business has these painful time consuming lessons. However, with the help of The Ketamine Academy’s training course you may be fortunate enough to skip these pricey delays because this program prepares you for what you will need to do to accomplish that end goal of being a business owner, Ketamine provider, your own boss, and a provider of hope.

Mr. Duprat created The Ketamine Academy to help others, like him, interested in providing low cost Ketamine treatments to other suffering from Treatment Resistant Depression and Chronic Pain. Jason’s ultimate goal with The Ketamine Academy’s training program is ensuring that every student completing the course is competent in their Ketamine knowledge, infusion therapy techniques and is ready to incorporate it into practice. During my recent interview with Jason Duprat about The Ketamine Academy, we spoke in depth about his new training program and website going live. Jason informed me that the Ketamine Infusion Therapy Program is now open for early enrollment for those interested in saving a spot, and I encourage you to sign up. We need more clinics offering low cost Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression.

During our conversation, which I plan to write extensively on in my next couple blogs, Jason elaborated on why he felt compelled to put this course together and what he hopes qualified practitioners will take away from the program. Jason shared how he wanted more freedom in the work place. The long shifts at the hospital, those hours were starting to take a toll. He has the same dream we all have at some point in our lives and that is to be our own boss.

Jason also eloquently expressed to me that after discovering how Ketamine was helping treatment resistant depression patients from a fellow colleague, he knew what direction he needed to go and started his quest to become a Ketamine provider in New Mexico.

Jason discovered Albuquerque really needed a Ketamine clinic, and because of his education and background, he was in a position to move forward and open his clinic, The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ. With his anesthesia background, Jason has gained extensive experience with Ketamine. He is knowledgeable about all aspects of Ketamine pharmacology and administration. Jason is the sole owner and primary provider for his Ketamine Infusion clinic, which is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was in his Injection and Infusion clinic that Mr. Duprat gained the real world experience needed to become a skillful specialist in the area of opening Ketamine clinics. He also has become an authority on the use of ketamine infusion therapy for mood disorders and chronic pain.

Jason insisted during our interview, and I believe him, that he is planning to be extremely accessible to those that participate in the program. Mr. Duprat assured me that he will help in any way he can as you get your clinic set up and operational. Jason learned a tremendous amount of valuable information during the process of setting up his operation. The training course will surely review unnecessary errors you could make. Jason made his share of mistakes that cost him valuable time and money. We discussed his nemesis by the name; regulations. It is difficult finding the time to research especially if you are working a full time job. It gets even trickier if you are a student trying to complete your MBA.

Time is crucial.

Priceless.

The hours spent locating the correct information can be overwhelming and discouraging to say the least. Jason brings all his experience, the crushing failures and the more positive successes, to the course and shares a step by step process for opening up a Ketamine clinic.

Join me next week for the full interview and an inside look at this amazing Ketamine Infusion Therapy training course.

I asked Mr. Duprat some tough questions during my interview with him about The Ketamine Academy, and I was very impressed with his responses. I sincerely feel that he has put together a complete program.

The instructor will invest extensive amounts of personal attention with each student because Jason wants you to leave the course feeling prepared and confident. This program will provide you everything you need to know in order to develop a successful Ketamine Infusion Therapy Clinic. I will point out that The Ketamine Academy is not just a training program for start-up business owners – this course can also assist those individuals wanting to incorporate Ketamine infusions into their current practice.

I was recently visiting The Ketamine Academy website and read that the course is for practitioners who are interested in entering the exciting world of entrepreneurship. I agree. I think the Ketamine Infusion Therapy Program will guide you step-by-step on how to open your own cash-based clinic. I think it will also give you a valuable education on Ketamine and how this new drug therapy could potentially change or save a life. Ketamine is a game changer.

This training course is necessary, extremely necessary, in my opinion. There is going to be a higher demand for Ketamine centers now that this “old” drug is making the news. People suffering with chronic pain and treatment resistant depression are going to be searching for a facility in their area. Ketamine is a hot topic. Ketamine has made it all the way to TIME magazine.

TIME placed Ketamine on the cover of their August 7th, 2017 issue. It makes a Ketamine advocate like me very happy to see a big publication splashing their covers with HOPE.

Ketamine is finding its way into conversations; more and more every day.

According to The Ketamine Academy website their program could assist you in opening a clinic capable of generating gross revenues of over $1,000,000. The Ketamine Academy provides the only standardized, coordinated and comprehensive training program focused on Ketamine education and creating your very own private Ketamine practice.

Freedom.

You can become your own boss while simultaneously helping offer hope to those, like me, that believe optimism exists only in motivational posters.

I was pleased when Mr. Duprat notified me that he was going to be offering a training course to help Ketamine provider get established. I was over the moon. I have a strong motivation to get more low cost Ketamine centers opened. Ketamine, this drug works and more individuals need access to it. It offers me color in my life again,

I have written on how I feel Ketamine surrounds me in a colorful warmth and drapes me in refreshing bright light and soothes me. I had a recent Ketamine session that crystallized how important color is to me and inspired my last piece, Pulling Back The Darkness With The Use Of Ketamine Therapy. I feel color. I have lived in darkness my entire life. Decade after decade. I wasn’t clueless. I knew I was missing the passion and love I now have for vibrant colors. Ketamine is colorful Hope. The Ketamine Academy might just make it possible for more health professionals to risk thinking outside the box and becoming their own boss. The course provides more than just education. It also has built in support. Fear can keep us all frozen and stuck in place. It is our own limitations that keep us back. We are capable.

Our doubts undermine us.

Another outstanding point to mention is how The Ketamine Academy addresses the hiccups in our own expectations and how that influences the success of any of our life endeavors, and specifically how it directly relates to becoming a Ketamine provider and small business owner.

The Ketamine Academy offers the most flexible Ketamine training program in the nation. You can access the course information online at any time. The course information is available to you 24/7.

I noticed when I was reviewing the training program on The Ketamine Academy website for enrollment options, they state in the course description that their online didactic component will be a self-study course to be completed prior to initiating clinical training. The online component is asynchronous and can be completed at your leisure. They will also work to accommodate a clinical training experience that fits any busy schedule. Therefore, the clinical experience rotations will be available on an as-needed basis. The flexibility is definitely very attractive to the insomniac in me. It makes me want to add another positive in my review of the course. I am seeing a pattern on my pro/con list. I have yet to detect a negative to enrolling in the Ketamine Academy. I am a born worrier and negativity surrounds us all. I immediately scan the website for the cost. That is where I am sure I will find fault.

I have researched programs that assist interested qualified health care practitioners become Ketamine providers and the options are limited and costly. I located two facilities offering to assist you in set up. It is expensive. I think it is out of this world expensive. The short term cost would keep me away. It cost close to 10,000 dollars to accept help setting up your own center. You may also find yourself in a situation where you are continuing to pay a long term cost of 40% of your future revenue. At The Ketamine Academy if you pay-in-full it is a reduced price of only $2,499! The website also has another method of covering the cost of the course with the payment option of 3 easy payments of 966.00 each. I feel as a business start up cost and the luxury of working for yourself providing a life saving therapy the cost is manageable. I will note here that The Ketamine Academy is offering a free trial, so why not give this opportunity some consideration? It is realistic for many of you. Bet on yourself.

The Ketamine Academy has potential to change your life. It will change the many lives of the Ketamine Infusion recipients and their family and friends.

The Ketamine Infusion Training Program is Doable. You will have the support you need from the moment you enroll straight through to opening day.

Exciting.

Join me next week when I share my part one of my Interview with the creator of The Ketamine Academy, Jason Duprat. Until then keep please keep educating yourself and others on the importance of Ketamine Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression.

Feel free to visit The Ketamine Academy to enroll in your dream today. If you are fascinated, but not yet ready to commit, I recommend the free trial to help you determine whether you want to invest in yourself and in this is new online ketamine infusion training course.

In conclusion, If you know of anyone suffering with treatment resistant depression, like I do, let them know that Ketamine therapy may be an option worth looking into. It has been and continues to offer me relief from my symptoms. If you or someone you know are considering Ketamine infusion therapy, please visit www.infusionclinicabq.com for low cost ketamine infusion and injection options. If you are not in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area I also suggest approaching a local professional and start educating them on the benefits of Ketamine. Again, it doesn’t hurt to ask for what you need. ​

I have been generating a Ketamine Providers and Locations list and I update it regularly. The provider list can be found here and on my personal website. This list may help you find a clinic in your city or state.

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The Ketamine Academy: An Interview With The Creator Of The Online Ketamine Infusion Therapy Course

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Hello again. This is Susan from myketaminestory.com. I am a blogger that suffers with Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD), Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I was introduced to Ketamine for TRD in January 2015. I am forever grateful that I was. I spent the first two years focused on my recovery. I now have an excellent treatment plan in place but that does not clear me from obstacles or pitfalls. I journal regularly. I educate and advocate for Ketamine Therapy to help treat depression. I write for The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ, entirely based on my experience with Ketamine therapy over the past 2.5 years.

If you joined me last week then you already know that I announced the exciting news about The Ketamine Academy; an online Ketamine provider training program. I examined the Ketamine Infusion Therapy training course and shared my introduction to this new program in my last blog, Introducing The Ketamine Academy: An Online Ketamine Provider Training Course. This week I am ecstatic to finally share with you part one of my in depth two part interview with Mr. Jason Duprat, the founder of The Ketamine Academy and creator of the first online training course to help practitioners establish their own Ketamine clinic in order to provide more people suffering with Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) and Chronic Neuropathic Pain Conditions access to this innovative drug Ketamine.

Ketamine is a life saver.

I constantly write about my journey with Ketamine on several different platforms. Ketamine was a huge game changer for me. When Ketamine was first mentioned in my home I can honestly say that my video game screen clearly stated “Game Over”. I was finished. I had nothing left. All the health packs and power ups were obsolete. I had fallen off the grid and all my extra lives were long gone. I was free falling. Darkness. Nothing. My game status was over. I was only a shadow of my character. It would be many levels before I was even aware the game changed platforms. I had hit a glitch. Ketamine. It rebooted this game called life. I was given another chance. I can’t express enough how immensely thankful I am that my dark, bloody, and violently featured game has been retired. I have Ketamine now. It is easier to be grateful.

I have been an active advocate of Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression since January of 2017. It took me several years of regular Ketamine treatments to climb out of the rabbit hole I was lost in for decades. I can’t begin to express how Ketamine has influenced my life. I try weekly. I ruminate. I dream of my words pulling back all the darkness for those suffering with clinical depression. The kind of depression that has no face. It is not situational. It is not prolonged grief. This mask may appear to be smiling but it is an expression that was molded on the day I learned just how different my world was. It was a safety call. I needed to suit up and play my part brilliantly so as not to be discovered as the fraud I felt I was. Depression kills. It almost claimed me. I can physically and emotionally feel the lies “depression” whispers in my ear when the Ketamine fades between appointments. They scream. It pains me. The depression and anxiety are loud and powerful distractions and are impossible for me to silence without Ketamine Therapy. It was with the assistance of Ketamine treatments that I was capable of digging my way back to the surface. That rabbit hole, it still exists for me, but the opening has shrunk. I don’t slip too far into the chaos now. I skip around the forest and embrace the sunshine. I resent knowing I could blindly tumble at any moment into that familiar trap and be lost for days. However, sneaking away from the insanity for longer periods of time is a blessing my words lack the ability to adequately describe or represent. Ketamine. Thank you Ketamine for the free time.

Ketamine.

I have been advocating for Ketamine therapy for over nine months now. It has been incredible to witness the changes. I made it my mission to put together a Ketamine Provider & Location list. I consistently update my directory when I discover new clinics or offices. I want anyone suffering and interested in trying Ketamine Therapy to be able to locate a provider in their area. I have accumulated a list of over one hundred facilities nationwide. This is not nearly enough centers to reach all those individuals suffering with TRD and chronic pain. I admit I get pretty exhilarated every time I locate a new clinic, or I see a new email from a Ketamine provider in my inbox. It is a positive. I feel that more clinics means that the number of people suffering from Treatment Resistant Depression may decrease. Another possibility is that with every new Ketamine provider, the probability increases that prices will drop and thus make it more affordable, leading once again to the chance that Ketamine could assist and offer hope to those, like me, that no longer believe in the magic of life. We need more Ketamine providers. I have received several emails from healthcare professionals asking me how they can begin offering Ketamine. I had a few ideas and suggestions but felt it wasn’t informative or just never enough to make a difference. There is definitely a need for a program or something to educate on Ketamine and also assist practitioners in becoming Ketamine providers and even more appealing is that you can now be your own boss and a small business owner.

I was not the only person that saw a need to help educate interested health care providers on Ketamine therapy and the possibility of becoming a Ketamine Clinic owner. A few weeks back the owner of The Injection and Infusion Clinic of ABQ, Jason Duprat, informed me of his new Ketamine venture. It has been a challenge for me not to spread the word about this upcoming online Ketamine provider course before the site went live!

I recently spent a couple hours conversing with the founder of The Ketamine Academy, Mr. Duprat. I asked him an array of questions, probably more than he expected to answer in my phone call to him. I asked a slew of questions in order to compile as much information as I could to help interested parties understand better why this online training program is one of a kind. I highly recommend it.

The following is a standard Q & A format based entirely from my personal interview and the notes I jotted down during my phone interview last week. I would love to make an eloquent transition from these few sentences acting as an introduction straight into my dialogue:

What is the Ketamine Academy?

The Ketamine Academy is a training program designed to help educate and coach practitioners on becoming Ketamine providers. It teaches you the step by step process of becoming a Ketamine provider and small business owner, starting with day one deciding to open a Ketamine clinic straight through to the opening day of your new office. This program is high on the business side. It puts all the time consuming searches for procedures and regulations in one location. I could have easily had my clinic doors opened at least 3 or 4 months prior to my actual grand opening if the Ketamine Academy was available to me.

Why did you decide to put a Ketamine provider training course together?

I had been receiving regular emails asking me how I became a Ketamine provider. There was a huge demand from practitioners. I had people reaching out to me through Facebook asking similar questions. I noticed a theme. I recognized that the growing interest in Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression is fascinating and promising. I didn’t have enough time to answer all the inquiries. I researched the internet and discovered there wasn’t an online training course aimed at helping coach interested parties in opening a Ketamine clinic, or a program for health care professionals to incorporate Ketamine into their current practice.

What do you hope to people will take away from The Ketamine Academy course?

I want every student to walk away feeling confident. I want them to learn everything necessary to run a profitable Ketamine clinic. It is my hope that I can assist in helping them overcome limiting beliefs. We can get stuck in our fears. It is often difficult to see ourselves as a boss or business owner. I struggled with taking a risk. I read a lot of business books and motivational books from authors like Tony Robbins. It took time to look past my own mental hang ups and fears. I would like to offer guidance, and we discuss this topic in the course too, because it is important for new business prospects to realize how common fears and doubts about our own ability can influence your approach to your business.

Will there be homework or exercises?

No. No homework.

Will this course walk me through the process of becoming a provider?

Yes. It will provide a step by step systematic approach to becoming a Ketamine provider with options for additional hands on clinical rotation training.

What do you feel was your biggest challenge in opening the Injection and Infusion Clinic of Albuquerque?

Hmmmmm. I guess I would say getting my DEA number for a controlled substance. It took months. It was definitely a timing element, and it would have been incredibly helpful to know to start this process before I did.

I would also add that my own limiting belief system was difficult to work past, and I share what I found helpful in moving away from the fear and doubt.

How did you overcome those challenges?

I spent a lot of time researching and reading. My investigations were exhausting. I would go to bed at night having more questions that needed answering the next day. I was also working full time so it got pretty challenging. The more I learned and worked through my fear of failure, the better able I was to get my business operational. Time. That is how. I am hoping that The Ketamine Academy will simplify the process making it more manageable and having far less costly complications and delays. I address the obstacles I faced and made sure my students would not face the same pitfalls I did.

How much does the Ketamine course cost?

The Ketamine Academy’s enrollment for the Ketamine Infusion Therapy training can be explained in a couple of ways. We have two payment options. If you would like to pay in full the cost to you would be a one time charge of $2,499.00. We also have a payment plan. You can pay in three installments of $966.00 for a total of around $2,900.00. We may have possible discounts or specials available so be sure to visit The Ketamine Academy for details or email me at jason@ketamineacademy.com

How long does the training course take to complete?

The average person working a full time job while enrolled in the Ketamine program can look to invest five or six months of their time. This completion time can vary depending on how motivated you are and how flexible your schedule is. The more time you can dedicate to the training course the speedier the return on your investment. There will be well over 5 hours of content uploaded to the site by December 1, 2017.

What types of pitfalls in starting up your own business do you feel this course will help others avoid?

I would say I have a lot to offer from the mistakes I made. I can help students find and read their state regulations and licensing laws. I can direct practitioners away from unnecessary forms that are costly and create delays that could affect your opening date, thus potentially costing you more and possibly bringing an abrupt halt to your opening.

I also feel I have a lot to offer in marketing knowledge. I know what types of marketing have worked for me, and I share those methods with those enrolled in the course. I have learned, and can cover in depth, website design and I plan to help students understand how Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can work for their website and clinic.

Why would anybody be interested in becoming a Ketamine provider?

Well, I feel there are a variety of reasons why this may be a great opportunity for a practitioner. It is a great way to gain control of your career. The possibility of no longer working in a hospital environment with the long, grueling shifts is very attractive. It is an intriguing way to make a living. I find it extremely rewarding. I am working for the people but I am also building a company I am proud of, provides a huge service to those suffering with Treatment Resistant Depression, and I am self employed. I am investing in myself and my clinic. I think that more practitioners will find the idea of being independent appealing and will be willing to take a risk on themselves. The Ketamine provider course will help walk you through the process with our online training program.

What are the advantages of becoming a Ketamine provider?

Personal satisfaction and independence. I also wanted to offer and provide a much needed service to the people in my area, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In fact, what could be better then assisting a community that have given up hope that their lives could improve? It is incredible to witness the changes that the patients, undergoing Ketamine Infusions, experience.

I have been overwhelmed with the gratitude patients and their families have expressed to me about their treatment, or their loved ones care.

I know for me, I was searching for an opportunity for more independence. I was finding myself frustrated and discouraged with the long hospital shifts. I wanted more freedom.

Are there any disadvantages to having your own Ketamine Clinic?

Sure. Business ownership is a lot of work. In fact, when you first begin the process and then open the doors to your clinic you may actually have to invest more of your time. You might find yourself working more hours than you did at your previous employment. It will be worth the initial time commitment to set up your office to have the freedom to be your own boss.

When I first opened The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ, I found I was investing more and more time researching marketing, taxes, payroll, patient care, and web design and optimization. The average person doesn’t have the ability to dedicate hours, days or weeks to learning, making mistakes, correcting said mistakes and trying another approach until they figure it all out.

I wouldn’t necessarily consider this a disadvantage, but more like a learning experience. During the process of becoming a Ketamine provider I discovered the need for an accountant. I don’t think everyone needs one, but they should definitely learn more about the principles of accounting. It also helps to know how to negotiate rental fees and contracts, so it might be advisable to seek out an attorney. The Ketamine course will cover the basic knowledge needed.

These are several of the main reasons I decided to organize and feature a course helping others avoid spending countless hours reading, testing, adjusting, and recalculating.

Why did you become a Ketamine provider?

I had a family member that has had personal experience with depression and have always been intrigued by mental health related fields. When I was introduced to Ketamine for depression I was drawn to learn more. As a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) I was already providing anesthetics to patients in a hospital setting, and I was pretty familiar with Ketamine as we often use it during many procedures and surgeries. I wanted to understand how Ketamine was helping people suffering with Treatment Resistant Depression. I have been overwhelmed with the gratitude patients and their families have expressed to me about their treatment.

I was already finding myself frustrated and discouraged with the long hospital shifts. I wanted more freedom. I think the idea of being my own boss and having my own private business was very attractive to me.

There are studies being conducted with Ketamine on PTSD, and I find myself interested to learn more about that. I suppose I was drawn to the mental health aspect of the business too.

What information would you have liked to have had when setting up your Ketamine Clinic?

I think the most valuable information, for me, is state laws and regulations. I think what would have been even more helpful for me is knowing where to find the information I needed. The Ketamine Academy will explain where to locate the relevant reading. I would have also liked to have had access to Ketamine protocols. What I mean by that is, it would have greatly benefited me to know how other Ketamine clinics operated. What was their business model? How do they conduct their business? The hands-on element. I would have appreciated having someone walk me through a typical day. One last thing, I think that it also helps to know how a patient responds to Ketamine and what to expect from the treatments from a patient’s perspective. We cover all these aspect in the Ketamine Infusion Therapy course. The program will have pertinent templates of the various forms you will need to open your doors for business. I personally would have loved having the opportunity to join a course explaining all elements of the business including patient care and Ketamine dosing. Oh, and it would have been helpful to know about taxes and setting up an employment Identification card, state financial projections and expenses, and what the ranges were.

Will you travel to new locations to help set up a clinic?

I am open to the idea. It requires more planning, organizing and arranging schedules to work for both individuals involved. Please feel free to contact me at jason@ketamineacademy.com if you have any questions.

Does the Ketamine Academy have different packages to select from during the enrollment process?

No, not really.

At The Ketamine Academy if you pay-in-full it is a reduced price of only $2,499!

There is another method of covering the cost of the course with a payment arrangement of 3 easy payments of 966.00 each.

If an interested person has started the process of becoming a Ketamine provider, but they keep experiencing delays and unexpected costs, could they still find assistance with your program?

Yes. Definitely. Be sure to contact me at jason@ketamineacademy.com to discuss the possibility of a course discount.

Can a person join mid-program if they have begun the paperwork but became discouraged?

Of course. Be sure to contact me at jason@ketamineacademy.com to discuss the possibility of a discount on the enrollment costs. The beauty of this course is all the information is downloaded and available to students. The Ketamine Infusion therapy program is designed to be user friendly. Each student can either start at the beginning and work their way through the course or they have the option to skip around the course information. The training course allows you the freedom to work at your own pace and on your own time schedule. The Ketamine Academy has a free trial for interested people to get a sample of the content.

Would there be any price reduction if the full program isn’t needed?

This is a question best discussed with me. I will approach this issue case by case. I am open and willing to hear you out, but I reserve the right to decline a request. Please feel free to contact me at jason@ketamineacademy.com if you have any questions or concerns.

If I joined the Ketamine Academy, would I be interacting with instructors and other students?

Yes and no. The Ketamine Academy will have discussion forums by topics for the students and instructor. Also, look for our Facebook page for another avenue of communication. These options are purely voluntary and not necessary to complete the training program. Sharing can help answer your questions in a timely manner. Communicating by email or the phone definitely works too. Students will have open access to the instructor.

Is the Ketamine Academy an online course only?

Yes and No. The Ketamine Infusion Therapy Training program is primarily an online course with options for hands-on training. On December 1, 2017 students will find that 100% of the course content has been uploaded in order and totally accessible 24/7. The clinical rotations will begin in January, so make sure you enroll early and reserve your place now. Practitioners that enroll early, before 12/1/2017, will have an extended period of 90 days to assess to the course material.

Why is there a need for a Ketamine provider training course?

There is high demand for a program or teaching course to help healthcare professionals establish a safe low cost Ketamine clinic to help administer this new therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression, I know we both have researched programs that coach interested, qualified health care practitioners to become Ketamine providers. The options are limited and costly. I am aware that one doctor asked interested parties to submit a lengthy request and must be accepted into their training program. I located only two facilities offering to assist you in set-up. They are expensive. It will cost you close to 10,000 dollars to accept their help setting up your own center. You may also find yourself in a situation where you are continuing to pay a long term cost of 40% of your future revenue. At The Ketamine Academy if you pay-in-full it is a reduced price of only $2,499! The website also has another method of covering the cost of the course with the payment option of 3 easy payments of 966.00 each. As a business start-up, the cost and the luxury of working for yourself providing a life saving therapy, the cost is manageable.

I will note here that The Ketamine Academy is offering a free trial, so why not give this opportunity some consideration? It is realistic for many of you. Bet on yourself.

Join me next week for the conclusion of my Interview with the creator of The Ketamine Academy, Jason Duprat. Until then keep, please, keep educating yourself and others on the importance of Ketamine Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression. You could be offering hope to a person that has stop believing in its possibilities.

Feel free to visit The Ketamine Academy to enroll in your dream today. If you are fascinated, but not yet ready to commit, I recommend the free trial to help you determine whether you want to invest in yourself and in this is new online ketamine infusion training course.

If you are interested in educating yourself on Ketamine therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression check out the four part series I wrote answering questions about Ketamine use, based on my experience with Ketamine therapy over the past 2.5 years, for The Injection & Infusion Clinic of ABQ.

My first blog, Ketamine: Addressing Questions & Concerns focused on my early experience with Ketamine Infusions. In part two of the series, Addressing Questions & Concerns About Ketamine Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression I addressed questions and concerns about Intramuscular Ketamine verses Ketamine Infusion therapy. In my third blog, Frequently Asked Questions: Redefining Depression With The Assistance Of Ketamine Therapy, I was a bit more random. I had emails with several questions and themes and I addressed as many inquiries as I could. In my final question and answer dialogue, Pondering Concerns & Questions: The Benefits Of Ketamine For Treatment Resistant Depression, I discussed research, clinical studies, and the need for changes to occur within our insurance companies and federal government so that maybe one day Ketamine will not be so difficult to afford or obtain from any qualified professional. I hope these personal blogs from a patient that suffered for over four decades with treatment resistant depression will be helpful in convincing you why enrolling in The Ketamine Academy’s online Ketamine Infusion Therapy training course is an excellent decision. The Ketamine Academy online program will surely benefit you and the mental health community.

I want to know, are you seeking a new opportunity and the personal freedom business ownership offers you? If so, head over to The Ketamine Academy and get a jump on early enrollment specials.

In conclusion, If you know of anyone suffering with treatment resistant depression, like I do, let them know that Ketamine therapy may be an option worth looking into. It has been and continues to offer me relief from my symptoms. If you or someone you know are considering Ketamine infusion therapy, please visit www.infusionclinicabq.com for low cost ketamine infusion and injection options. If you are not in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area I also suggest approaching a local professional and start educating them on the benefits of Ketamine. Again, it doesn’t hurt to ask for what you need. ​

I have been generating a Ketamine Providers and Locations list and I update it regularly. The provider list can be found here and on my personal website. This list may help you find a clinic in your city or state.

Just think, if you enrolled in The Ketamine Academy your new clinic could easily be added to my directory for the grand opening!

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