Ketamine-Based Treatments

Ketamine-Based Treatments
Being told you have treatment-resistant depression or pain can be discouraging. The Neuroscience Center serves as a beacon of hope for those with untreatable depression or phantom pain. Steve Best, MD, has experienced unprecedented results with ketamine treatments, especially in combination with brain stimulation techniques. Up to 85% of people who hadn’t had success treating their conditions found relief with this combination treatment. Take a step toward recovery by scheduling an appointment at the Deerfield, Illinois, clinic.

Ketamine-Based Treatments Q & A

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What is ketamine?

Ketamine is an anesthetic drug traditionally used to block pain. However, it has mood-boosting qualities that have caught the attention of mental health professionals.

Emergency rooms sometimes use ketamine as a “rescue” drug during emergency suicide situations, and psychiatrists are starting to take notice of its positive effects for those with treatment-resistant depression.

Unlike the antidepressants doctors usually use, which take months to kick in, ketamine works immediately. One dose lifts the mood and alleviates suicidal thoughts within a short amount of time and works for several days.

What does ketamine treat?

Dr. Best has found ketamine to be an effective treatment for:

  • Depression and accompanying anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Researchers theorize that ketamine blocks a specific receptor in the brain that plays a role in depression. As such, it’s excellent for treatment-resistant conditions such as depression. It also treats chronic pain with superb efficacy.

How do you use ketamine in treatment?

If a patient has tried other long-term therapies and hasn’t found relief for their pain or mental health issues, Dr. Best may be able to help. His combination therapy shows great promise for those untreatable conditions.

Dr. Best developed a technique to increase the effectiveness of ketamine infusions. By administering them during brain stimulation treatment, each subsequent treatment boosts the effects of the previous ones. The combination treatment also helps the effects achieve semi-permanence, allowing some patients to enjoy relief for up to seven years.

The Neuroscience Center uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) to “wake up” parts of the brain that are typically inhibited in people with depression or neuropathic pain. These noninvasive, painless methods bring relief for a significant number of patients, and to an even higher degree when combined with ketamine.

Dr. Best can predict who will respond best to ketamine treatments with an EEG, brain SPECT and cognitive testing. Often, he can localize the dysfunction in a specific region of the brain network that connects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain that ketamine seems to target.

If you’ve been searching for relief for treatment-resistant mental or pain issues, contact Dr. Best by phone or online to get on the schedule right away.



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