Ketamine May Treat Depression By Targeting Specific Region Of Brain Receptor, Study Shows

Ketamine May Treat Depression By Targeting Specific Region Of Brain Receptor, Study Shows

Ketamine, which is often used recreationally, has also long been studied as a way to treat depression. It’s never been quite understood exactly how it works to treat symptoms, but a team of scientists believe they have the answer.

It's official: Ketamine has an antidepressant effect

It's official: Ketamine has an antidepressant effect

Scientists have confirmed the antidepressant properties of ketamine, after getting new insights into how the drug may act on the brain. They have also identified related compounds that could benefit people, without the negative side effects of ketamine.

Ketamine is Helping Alleviate Depression—Fast

Ketamine is Helping Alleviate Depression—Fast

Depression is a crippling problem that hijacks a patient’s neurochemistry, often making it impossible to “see the bright side.” While many potential therapeutic applications exist, there has been a longstanding quarrel between treating depression chemically or through interventions like talk therapy. While some psychiatrists are advocates for both, no silver bullet seems possible for all people who suffer from this condition.

Answering why ketamine helps depression could lead to safer drugs

Answering why ketamine helps depression could lead to safer drugs

In recent years the drug has been discovered to have notable rapid-acting effects as an anti-depressant. Despite growing anecdotal support, scientists have not had a clear understanding of how ketamine's anti-depressant effects actually work. A new study has finally solved a key part of the ketamine mystery, discovering how it triggers its anti-depressant effects.