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One man’s story of treating depression with ketamine infusions

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

In a profile for the Washington Post, Jason Anthony, 52, detailed his 15-year battle with depression. It was so bad, he reported, he could barely get out of bed.

Anthony is a criminal defense attorney in Richmond, Virginia, and was one of the patients who took part in a study demonstrating the life-changing impacts ketamine infusion therapy can have.

The study was reported in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in September of 2022. Consistent with other worldwide studies completed on ketamine infusion therapy, participants in the same program as Anthony saw dramatic results. “72 percent of patients saw improvement in their mood and 38 percent were symptom-free after 10 infusions,” WaPo reports.

Anthony turned to ketamine infusion therapy after running out of options. He had been hospitalized for a seizure from depression medications he’d been taking, and had lost touch with family. After his fourth ketamine treatment, he said, he was able to function to the point that he could finally drive himself home from work.

Other treatment methods had left Anthony feeling unlike himself, causing confusion and disassociation. With ketamine infusions, he says he’s experienced no adverse side effects.

“It’s hard to quantify the level of relief,” he reported, “but I don’t know that I’d be here.”

We congratulate Mr. Anthony on his success with ketamine infusion therapy. If you’re interested in receiving infusions, here are answers to some commonly-asked questions about the option:

Infusions are not covered by insurance

Since ketamine is officially labeled as an anesthetic, infusion therapy for mental health treatments are considered “off-label.” Even when prescribed by a physician, they are not covered by insurance.

Infusions typically take 40 minutes

In a typical visit, you’ll conduct an intake session with a member of our staff, and then one of our board-certified physicians will administer treatment through an IV. Our staff will check on you continuously for about forty minutes, and then you’ll be kept for about ten to twenty minutes afterward to ensure you’re cleared for release. We ask that you have someone else drive you home.

It varies how long results last

A single infusion typically lasts anywhere from a few days up to 2 weeks. A series of 6 infusions may last anywhere from weeks to months, and often a single booster infusion can restore response.

The cost per infusion is $450.

Different treatment plans may include package pricing, and financing is available.

Course of treatment is customizable

Our physicians will create a customized treatment plan based on your medical history and concerns. Typically, we recommend 6 infusions in about a two-three week period. After 2-4 months, you might need an additional booster infusion. We keep in contact with you to help you monitor your moods and symptoms.

Consult with Freedom Ketamine Treatment Centers today

Our practice, located in the greater DC region, is focused on nurturing the safety and long-term health of our patients. We’re proud to offer ketamine infusions to those with severe depression, PTSD, chronic pain, and more debilitating conditions. Our team of board-certified physicians encourages our patients to continue with the other forms of care they already have in place, such as talk therapy or antidepressants.

Freedom Ketamine Treatment Centers has offices in Rockville, Bethesda, Columbia, Reston, Vienna, and Marshall. We offer appointments Monday through Friday. To see if ketamine infusion therapy is right for you, call us at 301-235-9022.

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