UK Seeing Growing Use of Ketamine as an Alternative to SSRIs for Depression

Dr. David Cox, a UK-based neuroscientist, mental health researcher, and health journalist published an article in The Telegraph in October 2021 titled A world without antidepressants: the new alternatives to prescription pills, covering the alternatives to traditional medications being researched to combat symptoms of depression.


UK Seeing Growing Use of Ketamine as an Alternative to SSRIs for Depression
UK Seeing Growing Use of Ketamine as an Alternative to SSRIs for Depression

Ketamine infusion therapy is slightly more accepted in the UK as a treatment for depression, and is an NHS-trusted treatment for severe depression as a paid-for service. According to the NHS, approximately one in five adults in the UK has symptoms of anxiety or depression. There is also evidence that the pandemic has caused those rates to rise.

Around 30% of people do not respond to existing treatments of antidepressant drugs, psychotherapy or electroconvulsive therapy. Among the concerns with traditional SSRI medications not being effective for severe depression, many in the medical community are additionally worried about their side effects - increased risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity and type 2 diabetes among them.


After fifteen years of international clinical trials demonstrating ketamine’s effectiveness, physicians across the globe are prescribing ketamine for off-label use in treating depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and more.


If you’re interested in being evaluated for ketamine infusion therapy, contact us today. Our board-certified staff can walk you through the process of how infusion works, and help determine a total treatment plan that aligns with your existing talk therapy.

Freedom Depression Centers have been serving the DMV with ketamine infusion services since 2016. We have offices in Rockville, MD, and Reston, VA, and offer mobile infusion appointments in your home. Contact us today to get started.

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