Autumn Depression: Does Ketamine Help With Seasonal Affective Disorder?

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Ketamine infusions work well to improve seasonal depression symptoms.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression or autumn depression, is a condition where a person feels anxious and sad during times of the year when there is less sunlight. These symptoms are worse during the fall and winter.

In addition to being season dependent, seasonal depression can also be worse during periods of bad weather and in different parts of the world that get less daylight.

Cities that are located at higher latitudes and cities that have more overcast weather tend to have higher levels of seasonal affective disorder. Seattle and Chicago are two examples of cities known for higher rates of seasonal depression.

In fact, one famous author and entrepreneur, MJ DeMarco, credits his move from Chicago to Arizona to be a major contributing factor to his later success. Moving to a lower latitude and city with less inclement weather greatly improved his symptoms of seasonal depression.

Unfortunately, many people are unable, or unwilling to move to a new city to get away from short days and overcast weather. We tend to stay where we have jobs and family.

In recent years, ketamine IV infusions and Spravato nasal spray, containing esketamine, have proven beneficial to people who struggle with SAD. Ketamine infusions are particularly helpful, because a patient can schedule sessions during the times of year when they are most affected by symptoms.

Traditional antidepressants are not ideal for treating seasonal depression.

SSRIs and other traditional antidepressant medications are prescribed to treat SAD, but they are a less than ideal solution. When a person starts taking an antidepressant drug, they must continue to take it every day, year round, for it to continue working.

People with seasonal depression only have symptoms during certain times of the year, in most cases. They do not appreciate having to take a medication that they do not need for many months out of each year.

A major advantage of ketamine over traditional antidepressants is that ketamine infusion therapy antidepressant effects are long-lasting with only a limited series of infusions. And, infusions can be repeated and planned for the times of year that seasonal affective disorder is exacerbated by shorter days during fall and winter months.

The classes of traditional antidepressants include Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs), Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs), Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs), Atypical Antidepressants, Noradrenergic and Specific Serotonergic Antidepressants (NaSSAs), Norepinephrine-Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitors (NDRIs). These drugs are known to have serious side effects and possible adverse reactions, and they are not as effective as previously believed.

SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, including Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, and Luvox. In addition to adverse reactions and side effects, these antidepressants can cause significant physical dependence, meaning that a person must keep taking the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms, or plan for a long-term, gradual taper.

Ketamine is becoming the new gold standard for treating depression and seasonal affective disorder.

In 1987, Prozac, the first SSRI, was approved by the FDA for treating depression. Ketamine had already been approved for use in medicine 17 years earlier. Prozac was considered a major success, because it had less side effects compared to earlier classes of antidepressants.

Unfortunately, ketamine was not being used yet for depression treatment. As in the story, Acres of Diamonds, the solution to better depression treatment, ketamine, was right there underfoot the entire time while medical researchers continued to explore less effective solutions, such as the SSRIs, SNRIs, TCAs, MAOIs, NaSSAs, and NDRIs.

With renewed interest in alternative therapies, including psychedelic-assisted therapy for depression, as we complete the first quarter of the 21st century, ketamine has moved to the forefront of depression treatments. Where traditional antidepressants fail, ketamine is often successful in relieving depression symptoms.

People who struggle with seasonal affective disorder during certain months of the year no longer have to worry about taking antidepressant pills on a daily basis, year round. And, they no longer have to ponder the possibility of uprooting their lives to move to a more southern city with a better climate, leaving work, family, and friends behind.

Ketamine infusion therapy is helping people to overcome depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, addiction, migraines, Lyme disease pain, fibromyalgia, CRPS, and many other mental health and chronic pain conditions. Patients who engage in ketamine-assisted therapy for seasonal depression often discover unexpected improvements in other areas of their lives.

What else can help with seasonal affective disorder, during ketamine infusion therapy?

Ketamine therapy is highly effective in treating SAD, but patients should also follow additional recommendations provided by their ketamine healthcare professionals. For example light therapy is often an essential part of the SAD treatment plan.

Light therapy utilizes a light box of a particular intensity and frequency range, provided by a white fluorescent or LED light. Light sessions last 20–30 minutes, usually in the morning.

The patient does not stare at the light, but has it nearby to enter the eyes indirectly. Light therapy can be performed during breakfast while eating or reading.

Additionally, the patient should engage in psychotherapy to explore underlying issues and triggers that exacerbate depressive symptoms. Group therapy may also be beneficial for some patients.

Nutritional counseling and nutritional supplementation may be helpful for many patients. When addressing depression, we often discover that part of the problem is that we are missing essential nutrients in our diet.

Read More: How Many Ketamine Infusions Do You Need?

How can I get started with ketamine therapy for seasonal affective disorder today?

For residents of Annapolis and the Washington Metropolitan Area, The Mood Center offers premium ketamine therapy for seasonal affective disorder. If you are interested in learning more about The Mood Center, please contact us through this website.

During your initial appointment, we will evaluate your condition and help you to determine if ketamine therapy is right for you. Ketamine assisted therapy for seasonal affective disorder works quickly, with results often noted after the first session.

If you’re struggling with the debilitating effects of seasonal affective disorder, reaching out to The Mood Center is the first step towards a brighter, more balanced life. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing personalized care, ensuring that each treatment plan is tailored to meet your unique needs.

By choosing The Mood Center, you’re not just receiving a Ketamine treatment in Maryland; you’re embarking on a journey towards wellness and rejuvenation. Don’t let seasonal depression hold you back any longer.

Contact us today, and let’s work together to unlock a happier, healthier you. Your journey to overcoming seasonal affective disorder with the help of ketamine therapy starts here, and we are committed to supporting you every step of the way.

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