Ketamine Therapy Improves the Lives of Depressed Teenagersweb_admin
The major and first depressive episode of every adult, suffering from chronic depression, starts at their adolescence.
As we recommend Ketamine therapy to adults to treat treatment-resistant depression, we fail to consider the response of teenagers towards this therapy. Just like adults, teenagers also don’t respond to anti-depressants adequately.
An underdiagnosed Epidemic – Teen Depression
Since we consider teenagers as sullen and moody (naturally), the depression during teenage goes undiagnosed.
This lackadaisical behavior towards depressed teenagers is incredibly harmful. This is because an undertreated and undiagnosed depression among teenagers can lead to more tragic consequences than it would among adults.
Following are some of the problems that arise due to under treatment or unrecognized teen depression;
- Depression experienced during the adolescence often continues throughout the life. The person continues to struggle with this life-long condition. In fact, in some cases, the early onset of depressive behavior predicts more severe consequences during adulthood.
- During adolescence, even the subclinical depression can increase the chances of depression, later in life and by the 2-to-3 fold.
- Depression is a proven condition that gives rise to suicidal thoughts. That is why the rate of suicides during teenage is much higher now than it was back in the 90s.
Given that teen depression is one of the most crucial problems, and most of the patients fail to respond to antidepressant medications, it is obvious that TRD needs to be treated with other and more promising alternatives such as Ketamine therapy.
Considering the many studies that have been conducted so far, ketamine therapy among adolescence has worked remarkably well. Moreover, the effects of this treatment among teenagers lasted much longer than it was reported in adults. Nonetheless, the strongest improvements were observed in the behaviors such as reported sadness, lassitude, inability to feel and negative thoughts.