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  • Ketamine for Depression: The Most Important Advance in Field in 50 Years?

    10/06/2012 4:37:30 PM PDT · by Renfield · 67 replies
    Time Healthland ^ | 10-05-2012 | Maia Szalavitz
    In any given year, 7% of adults suffer from major depression, and at least 1 in 10 youth will reckon with the disorder at some point during their teenage years. But about 20% of these cases will not respond to current treatments; for those that do, relief may take weeks to months to come. There is one treatment, however, that works much faster: the anesthetic and “club drug” ketamine. It takes effect within hours. A single dose of ketamine produces relief of depression that has been shown in studies to last for up to 10 days; it also appears to...
  • Yale: 'Magic' Antidepressant May Hold Promise For PTSD

    06/04/2012 11:17:00 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 34 replies
    HartfordCourant ^ | June 03, 2012 | LISA CHEDEKEL
    Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have called it "the magic drug," able to halt severe depression and suicidal thoughts in patients within a matter of hours. Ketamine, used as an anesthetic in human and veterinary medicine, has emerged in the past few years as a promising, rapid-acting antidepressant. When administered intravenously at low doses, it can lift symptoms of deep depression within hours, for seven to 10 days. Typical antidepressants, which act on the neurotransmitter serotonin, take a month or more for full effect.
  • Ketamine and Depression

    08/15/2006 9:48:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 127 replies · 2,653+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 8/15/2006 | Michael Fumento
    Author William Styron called it "Darkness Visible." Another writer labeled it "The Noonday Demon." Successful and beloved people such as William Holden and Ernest Hemingway were never able to shake off the beast called clinical depression. Depression saps the life from you, so thoroughly destroying hope and happiness that you can't even imagine why somebody else might smile or laugh. It wrecks dreams figuratively and literally in that it's often linked with persistent, severe insomnia. It afflicts almost a tenth the adult population each year, is the leading cause of disability for ages 15-44, and frequently involves suicidal fantasies....
  • New Depression Findings Could Alter Treatments

    08/11/2006 9:01:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 72 replies · 1,963+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 8, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    The results of two new studies may signal a substantial shift in the way psychiatrists and researchers think about treatment for severely depressed patients. --snip-- In the other, psychiatrists in New York found evidence that antidepressant drugs significantly increased the risk that some children and adolescents would attempt or commit suicide. Doctors have debated this risk for years, but the authors of the study were skeptical of it, and their report may sway others. --snip-- The study of suicide risk, led by Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, was based on an analysis...
  • Club drug finds use as antidepressant - Psychedelic ketamine hits the blues surprisingly fast.

    08/08/2006 5:03:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 620+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 7 August 2006 | Erika Check
    Close window Published online: 7 August 2006; | doi:10.1038/news060807-1 Club drug finds use as antidepressantPsychedelic ketamine hits the blues surprisingly fast.Erika Check Pills popped in a nightclub are potential therapeutics too.© Punchstock The 'club drug' ketamine may be the fastest-acting antidepressant ever tested, researchers report today. A team based at the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland, studied ketamine in 17 people with major depression. All the subjects had failed to respond to treatment with standard antidepressant drugs or more drastic methods, such as electroshock therapy. But 71% felt better the day after taking ketamine,...
  • How to detect the date-rape drug in your drink

    04/15/2006 11:11:02 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 100 replies · 2,792+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 9, 2006 | RUTH EGLASH
    Following a slew of media reports about the increase in drug-induced rapes, importer Benny Kalman has announced that the first consignments of the little cards that can detect the presence of date rape drugs GHB and Ketamine will arrive in the country as soon as next week. "I saw the product a year and a half ago but was not interested in it as there were still no reports of date rape in Israel then," Kalman told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. "Sadly, everything gets here eventually and a few weeks ago I realized that this problem was growing in...
  • China Appeals for Public Aid in Drug Fight(ecstasy,ketamine,heroin)

    05/27/2005 5:08:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 340+ views
    AP ^ | 05/26/05 | JOE McDONALD
    China Appeals for Public Aid in Drug Fight By JOE McDONALD, Associated Press Writer Thu May 26,11:00 PM ET BEIJING - Chinese officials issued an unusual appeal to the public on Thursday for help fighting drug trafficking, acknowledging in a nationally televised news conference that they have failed to stop surging narcotics abuse despite repeated crackdowns. Drug smuggling and the difficulty of fighting it are rising as a result of globalization and freer trade, the officials said, citing the seizure this month of 900 pounds of the party drug ketamine brought in from India via the Middle East. "Although we've...