Depression Specialist

Big Sky Ketamine

Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in Kalispell, MT

Almost everyone feels sad on occasion, but if you’ve lost interest in activities you used to enjoy, or you regularly experience thoughts of suicide or self-harm, a chronic mood disorder such as depression may be to blame. At Big Sky Ketamine in Kalispell, Montana, William D. Stratford Jr., MD, FAPA, PC, and the team proudly offers ketamine infusion therapy to address the often debilitating effects of depression. Request your consultation today by calling the office.

Depression

What is depression?

Depression is a serious mental health problem that affects the way you behave, feel, and think. Left untreated, depression can also lead to a number of physical and emotional problems. 

Contrary to what your friends or family might say, depression isn’t something that you can think yourself out of. Fortunately, long-term treatments, including psychotherapy and ketamine infusion therapy can significantly relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression affects everyone differently. Some people only have one or two depressive episodes during their lifetime, but most people experience multiple episodes. During depressive episodes, it’s common to experience symptoms throughout the day and night, including:

  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Angry outbursts and irritability
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Lack of energy
  • Trouble thinking or making decisions

As depression gets worse, it’s also common to experience thoughts of death or suicide. You might also experience physical problems, such as headaches or musculoskeletal pain. 

When should I see a doctor about depression?

It’s perfectly normal to feel sad about the loss of a job or a beloved pet. However, if your symptoms persist for weeks or months at a time and interfere with your ability to go to work or spend time with family and friends, it’s important to schedule an appointment with the caring team at Big Sky Ketamine. 

How does ketamine infusion therapy treat depression?

Depression negatively impacts certain areas of your brain responsible for learning, higher-order thinking, and memory. While antidepressants may relieve your symptoms, they’re also associated with a variety of negative side-effects, including weight gain, fatigue, and sexual side-effects. 

Ketamine infusion therapy supplies your body with the materials it needs to heal your neural pathways without impairing your thinking or concentration. What’s more, a study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that 70% of all patients with depression can expect to experience significant relief following a series of six or more ketamine infusions. At Big Sky Ketamine, the team often achieves even better results.  

What types of depression can ketamine infusion therapy treat?

The team at Big Sky Ketamine regularly works with men, women, and teenagers to relieve the symptoms of general depression, chronic depression, treatment-resistant depression, and postpartum depression.

To see if you’re a good candidate for depression treatment with ketamine infusion therapy, make an appointment by calling the office today. 

COVID-19

We have added staffing to accommodate the increased demand for IV ketamine therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an essential service provider, our office will remain open and fully operational. Please call us today if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment: 406-203-1884.