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The Benefits of Ketamine Assisted Therapy for Chronic Depression

Posted on March 15, 2024

Chronic depression is a pervasive issue affecting millions globally, casting a long shadow over the lives of those it touches. Traditional treatments often offer relief, yet for some, the dark cloud of depression remains. Enter Ketamine assisted therapy, a beacon of hope for those navigating the stormy waters of chronic depression. At Onward Health & Wellness, based in Salem, Oregon, we specialize in a range of Healthcare & Wellness services, including this groundbreaking treatment option.

Understanding Chronic Depression

Chronic depression, or persistent depressive disorder, affects every facet of an individual's life, from personal relationships to professional aspirations. Traditional treatments, while effective for some, leave others searching for alternatives. This gap in care necessitates innovative approaches, with Ketamine assisted therapy emerging as a promising option. Characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest, chronic depression can significantly impair an individual’s ability to function daily. It’s this relentless nature of the condition that often leads sufferers to seek out alternative treatments after conventional methods have failed to provide relief.

The Rise of Ketamine Assisted Therapy

In recent years, Ketamine has transitioned from its origins as an anesthetic to a groundbreaking treatment for depression. Studies have consistently shown that Ketamine can offer rapid relief from the symptoms of depression, including in individuals who have not responded to traditional treatments. This quick action, often within hours of administration, is a stark contrast to the weeks or even months it can take for traditional antidepressants to exhibit their effects. The potential of Ketamine assisted therapy to fill a crucial gap in mental health care has made it a subject of significant interest and research.

How Ketamine Works Against Depression

Unlike traditional antidepressants that target the serotonin system, Ketamine works by blocking NMDA receptors in the brain, leading to an increase in the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is essential for the growth and maintenance of brain cells, and its increase is believed to play a crucial role in the antidepressant effects of Ketamine. This process can help to reverse the damage to brain circuits that are believed to be caused by stress and depression, offering sufferers a chance at not just temporary relief, but potentially long-term improvement.

The Benefits of Ketamine Therapy

The benefits of Ketamine therapy for individuals with chronic depression are manyfold. Primarily, the rapid onset of symptom relief can be life-changing for those who have battled persistent depression for years. Furthermore, Ketamine has shown potential in reducing suicidal thoughts, offering a critical lifeline in acute situations. The therapy is also known for its ability to offer relief when other treatments have failed, providing hope and a new option for treatment-resistant depression. It’s important to note that while Ketamine therapy offers significant benefits, it’s most effective when part of a comprehensive treatment plan that may include counseling, lifestyle changes, and support from loved ones.

Patient Success Stories

The real-world impact of Ketamine assisted therapy can be seen in the numerous success stories from patients who have undergone treatment. At Onward Health & Wellness, we’ve had the privilege of witnessing the profound difference it can make in individuals' lives. From those who have experienced a notable lift in their mood and outlook to others who have found the strength to pursue new opportunities and rebuild relationships, the stories are as varied as they are inspiring. These stories not only highlight the therapy's potential to transform lives but also underscore our commitment to providing compassionate, patient-centered care.


The journey through chronic depression is deeply personal and often challenging. With Ketamine assisted therapy, there is renewed hope for those who have felt underserved by traditional treatments. At Onward Health & Wellness, we're committed to offering this innovative therapy, along with a suite of other healthcare and wellness services, to help our patients embark on a path to recovery and well-being.

If you or someone you know is struggling with chronic depression and interested in exploring Ketamine assisted therapy, we invite you to reach out. Contact us at [email protected] to learn more about how we can support your journey toward health and happiness.


Most insurers are not covering ketamine therapy currently. This is something that we hope changes as it becomes more and more recognized as a treatment modality. Some patients have had good luck with submitting a Superbill to their insurance company for reimbursement. We are happy to provide you with a Superbill for this purpose, but we do not offer any type of prior authorization services.

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