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Psilocybin, Ketamine, and the Spiritual Brain

By: jives | February 4th , 2020 | The Carlat Psychiatry Blog| 0 Comment

A new antidepressant is under development that could change the field even more than esketamine. And even if it doesn't, its novel effects on the mind reveals something that can help our patients today. This fascinating drug was commonly prescribed by psychiatrists in the 1950's until Richard Nixon tried to put it back in the bottle. Date Publish

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Podcast Episode #9: The Secret History of Ketamine

By: jives | July 8th , 2019 | The Carlat Psychiatry Blog| 0 Comment

In 1985 a Soviet psychiatrist began giving his patients ketamine in hopes to cure their alcoholism. The experiment backfired, but the results tell us something about how ketamine might treat depression. Long buried behind the Iron Curtain, this episode uncovers that early research and traces it back to modern PET-scans, the "default mode network," a

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