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When the Sun Isn’t Enough to Help Depression

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a kind of depression that follows the seasons. The most common type of SAD is known as winter depression. According to American Family Physician, nearly 4-6% of people may have winter depression. It usually starts in late fall or early winter but subsides by summertime. 

Many people experience symptoms differently, but these are some of the most common winter depression symptoms: 

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • A tendency to oversleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decreased energy level
  • Change in appetite, especially for starchy or sweet foods
  • Weight gain
  • Increased sensitivity to social rejection
  • No desire to go out to be social 

People with SAD often experience feelings of a loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed, feelings of guilt or hopelessness, sometimes helplessness. Some people may complain of physical problems of stomachaches and headaches. 

One of the necessary treatments for SAD is sunlight. Symptoms begin to subside as the summer heat starts to whine. However, we often wonder this: 

What happens when the seasonal depression doesn’t diminish in the summertime?

With many different types of depression, some caused by live events and others by chemical changes in the brain, it’s essential to pay attention to your body and mind. It’s normal to feel blue once in a while, but if you’re feeling sad most of the time, you may struggle with clinical depression, even after the sun hits. 

Consider these common types of clinical depressions: 

  • Major Depressive Disorder or Major Depression happens when you feel depressed most days of the week. Symptoms include feeling tired or sluggish, worthless or guilty. You may experience a loss of interest in activities that you may once have enjoyed. Concentrating or making decisions may be difficult. Thoughts of suicide may occur. 
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder occurs when you have depression that lasts more than two years with symptoms similar to those of major depressive disorder. 
  • Bipolar disorder or manic depression: When someone experiences this type of depression, extreme mood episodes range from having an “up” with high energy and a “low” depressive state of mind. When you’re in a “low,” symptoms of significant depression occur. A “high” for someone diagnosed with manic depression will feel an unreasonable euphoria, hyperactivity, delusions, and very intense moods. It’s a hazardous condition in which people may not eat or sleep during a manic episode. 

Receiving proper care for depression is critical and often life-saving. 

You can treat some types of depression by changing your lifestyle, talking with a therapist, or trying a new advanced medicine that works in just a few treatments – IV Ketamine Infusion Treatments. 

IV Ketamine Infusions help treat depression. 

Ketamine was initially developed as a dissociative anesthetic in 1962 and was initially used for children’s surgery and emergency pain control on the battlefield during the Vietnam War. 

More recently, it has been used to treat intractable chronic pain, treatment-resistant depression, anxiety disorders, and adjunct therapy for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder and chemical dependency disorders. 

Ketamine is widely known to improve various psychiatric disorders, like the following rapidly:

  • Major depression
  • Suicidal thinking
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder

It can be given intravenously, intramuscularly, sublingually, or orally. Most recently, it has been FDA approved for in-office use. Ketamine has recently shown great promise as an adjunctive treatment to psychotherapy.

Benefits of Ketamine Therapy Treatment 

Ketamine can rapidly reduce suicidality (life-threatening thoughts or acts) and relieve severe symptoms associated with depression. Additionally, it can be effective for individuals needing help managing anxiety along with depression. 

In fact, Ketamine treatment may benefit multiple conditions at the same time. It is not uncommon to find patients dealing with various types of intractable chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and trauma, and ketamine therapy may help with all these conditions. Ketamine therapy is also helpful for many other types of intractable conditions, which presently otherwise have no safe and effective treatment. 

Sometimes the combination of talk therapy and taking antidepressants isn’t enough. As your local Dallas pain management physician, we can offer a treatment plan, like Ketamine Therapy, that helps patients start feeling better in weeks or months, while other individuals cycle through several different types of medications to gain relief. 
If the sun isn’t enough or your medications aren’t working, we urge you to seek help as soon as possible by coming into our office located in Dallas, Texas. We can help come up with a great treatment plan to treat your Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that will get you started toward a happier life. Give Progressive Pain & Interventional Psychiatry a call today, 214-609-1931, and schedule an appointment.

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