Depression

Pain Medicine Consultants

Pain Specialists & Spine Specialists located in Pleasant Hill, CA - Pleasanton, CA - Novato, CA - Corte Madera, CA

Depression affects nearly 1 in 12 adults in the United States. If you have persistent feelings of hopelessness or sadness and haven’t had success with antidepressants or other therapies, it may be time to consider your other options. Pain Medicine Consultants, with offices in Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, and Novato, California, offers innovative ketamine infusion therapy, an innovative treatment option for treating symptoms of depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Learn more about whether ketamine infusion therapy may be right for you by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that affects how you behave, feel, and think. With depression, you may often feel unexplained sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in your favorite activities or life in general.

As a result of depression, you may find it difficult to engage in your usual routine. You also may consider suicide and other forms of self-harm, among other symptoms.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression affects everyone differently, but the symptoms of this disorder generally can’t be overcome just with willpower. Symptoms of depression are serious and can even become life-threatening without proper treatment.

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Insomnia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Appetite and weight changes
  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or fear
  • Difficulty with life matters, even small ones
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, sports, or other social events

Depression can also cause unexplained pain, especially in your head and back, and you may find it difficult to stay active.

What causes depression?

There are a variety of factors that can influence the development of depression and depressive symptoms. Typically, if the condition runs in your family, you may be at increased risk for developing depression, too.

Other causes of depression include:

  • Brain chemistry
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Environmental factors
  • Traumatic events
  • Chronic illness

Some medications, such as sleeping pills and illegal drugs, may also increase your risk for depression.

What treatment options are available for depression?

Pain Medicine Consultants offers the latest innovation in medication infusion in the country. They use the Neuraxxis neurogenesis infusion program to relieve the chronic symptoms of depression, as well as other mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and the side effects of severe stress.

This program uses ketamine, a medicine that changes the connections in your brain cells to ease symptoms of depression.

What are the benefits of ketamine infusion therapy?

Unlike oral medications that take weeks to reach their maximum potential, ketamine works quickly. By delivering the drug directly into your bloodstream, you can enjoy immediate benefits with less severe symptoms of depression and PTSD. Infusion treatments also ensure you get just the right amount of medication to prevent unwanted side effects.

Ketamine infusion therapy may also be beneficial if you’ve tried other treatments to reduce depressive symptoms without success.

If you’re struggling with depression or PTSD and still looking for the right treatment, schedule a consultation with Pain Medicine Consultants by phone or online today.