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Tips on the Doubts about Ketamine/Esketamine

By: zdavis | August 19th , 2020 | The Carlat Psychiatry Blog| 0 Comment

Ketamine and esketamine have been shown to provide rapid relief of suicidality, however, many lingering doubts have been raised about these medicines. In a previous article from The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Nolan Williams, M.D., discusses the potential negative consequences of ketamine/esketamine treatment. Here are some of Dr. Williams’s tips: It

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Ketamine and Obesity [60 Sec Psych]

By: jives | May 20th , 2020 | Podcast| 1 Comment

Obesity is rarely a harbinger of recovery with antidepressant therapy, but at least 3 treatments may be exceptions to that rule. A review of Freeman MP, Hock RS, Papakostas GI, et al. Body Mass Index as a Moderator of Treatment Response to Ketamine for Major Depressive Disorder. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2020;40(3):287‐292. [Link] Published On: 5

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Psilocybin, Ketamine, and the Spiritual Brain

By: jives | February 4th , 2020 | Podcast| 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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The Secret History of Ketamine

By: jives | July 8th , 2019 | Podcast| 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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