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  • RESEARCHERS IN THE UK ARE NOW LOOKING INTO THE

  • POTENTIAL USE OF KETAMINE TO FIGHT DEPRESSION AMONG THOSE WHO

  • ARE THE MOST DIFFICULT TO TREAT FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM.

  • NOW, KETAMINE OF COURSE IS WIDELY KNOWN AS EITHER A HORSE

  • TRANQUILIZER OR A PARTY DRUG. BUT APPARENTLY THERE ARE SOME

  • POTENTIAL MEDICINAL BENEFITS TO KETAMINE, OTHER THAN

  • SERVING AS AN ANESTHETIC.

  • SO LET ME GIVE YOU THE DETAILS ON THAT; ACCORDING TO

  • REPORTS, THERE IS ENORMOUS INTEREST AND EXCITEMENT IN

  • THE FIELD ABOUT THE POTENTIAL THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS OF

  • KETAMINE FOR SEVERE DEPRESSION.

  • WHILE THE DRUG HAS BEEN AROUND FOR DECADES AS AN

  • ANESTHETIC, THE SCIENCE OF IT AS A TREATMENT FOR SEVERE

  • DEPRESSION HAS ONLY REALLY TAKEN OFF IN THIS CENTURY.

  • THAT IS ACCORDING TO MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD, WHO IS A CONICAL

  • LECTURER IN PSYCHOLOGY, AND I THINK IT'S INTERESTING, LIKE,

  • EVERY SO OFTEN THESE STORIES COME OUT ABOUT A CERTAIN DRUG

  • THAT HAS BEEN VILIFIED IN THE MEDIA, LIKE PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS

  • LIKE MAGIC MUSHROOMS, HOW THAT COULD POTENTIALLY HELP PEOPLE

  • SUFFERING FROM PTSD OR DEPRESSION. MARIJUANA OF COURSE

  • HAS BEEN MENTIONED AS SOMETHING THAT COULD HELP WITH PTSD, AND

  • THEN ALSO, THERE WAS ONE OTHER DRUG THAT I'M FORGETTING AT THE

  • MOMENT... MDMA COULD BE USED TO HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE

  • CERTAIN MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS.

  • AND SO, I LIKE WHEN RESEARCHERS BYPASS ALL THE VILIFICATION

  • AND WANT TO DO MORE RESEARCH.

  • I THINK THIS IS INTERESTING, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE THERE IS

  • A CERTAIN POPULATION OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN MEDICATION

  • TO FIGHT DEPRESSION AND IT HASN'T WORKED, SO THEY ARE

  • THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX.

  • YEAH, A LOT OF THE TIMES IT SEEMS LIKE THEY USE IT BECAUSE IT

  • WORKS SO FAST TO CURB SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, BUT YEAH, IT'S GREAT,

  • SO MUCH OF PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICATION IN THE PSYCHOLOGICAL FIELD IS BEHIND A LOT OF OTHER MEDICINES

  • JUST BECAUSE IT WAS SO TABOO FOR SO LONG, IT CONTINUES TO BE. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ADD THE TERM "PARTY DRUGS" TO THE DISCUSSION

  • KETAMINE HAS COME IN AND OUT OF POPULARITY IN MEDICAL FIELD OVER TIME... THERE IS, YOU KNOW

  • FOR YEARS, THIS SAME KIND OF ARTICLES HAS COME UP FROM TIME TO TIME...BUT I DON'T KNOW, IF IT WORKS, USE IT

  • THAT'S MY TAKEAWAY.

  • RIGHT, AND SO THE IMPORTANT QUESTION HERE IS, DOES IT WORK, IS

  • IT SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TO WORK?

  • AND THAT IS WHAT THESE RESEARCHERS REALLY WANT TO

  • LOOK INTO, AND IT'S DIFFICULT TO DO IT, BECAUSE WHEN A DRUG

  • HAS BEEN VILIFIED, IT IS HARD FOR THE RESEARCHERS TO GET

  • THE APPROVAL TO DO THESE STUDIES.

  • SO, MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD CONTINUES TO SAY, "WE NEED MORE MONEY

  • SO WE CAN USE THE DRUG MORE WIDELY IN MEDICAL RESEARCH,

  • AS WE BELIEVE IT HAS POTENTIAL TO BE TRANSFORMATIONAL IN

  • PROVIDING URGENT CARE."

  • AND SO, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE FUNDING OF THESE TYPES OF

  • STUDIES. ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE STUDYING... LOOK, IF

  • YOU ARE STUDYING THEM IN A MEDICAL SETTING, IT IS

  • IMPORTANT WORK. THESE ARE NOT PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR AN EXCUSE

  • TO TAKE A PARTY DRUG. AND BY THE WAY, I DON'T UNDERSTAND

  • HOW KETAMINE BECAME A PARTY DRUG.

  • LIKE, MDMA, I GET IT.

  • WHAT DOES KETAMINE DO, IMMEDIATELY?

  • I'M GLAD YOU ASKED.

  • I SPENT SOME TIME ON REDDIT.

  • I'VE NEVER DONE IT. I DON'T DO THAT, BECAUSE I'M AFRAID OF MOST THINGS.

  • BUT THEY SAID, IN SMALL DOSES, IT JUST ALLOWS... THERE WAS A THREAD THAT I READ THAT WAS AMAZING,

  • AND IT WAS REALLY LONG, AND AT THE END, I SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON IT PROCRASTINATING. TOOK ME HALF AN HOUR TO WRITE IT. IT'S REALLY HEARTFELT. BUT IT DOES THINGS LIKE, IN THE MUSIC YOU

  • CAN START SEPARATING THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE SONG MORE

  • EASILY IN YOUR MIND, YOU KIND OF FEEL LIKE YOU ARE WALKING ON AIR

  • AND THEN IF YOU TAKE A LARGER DOSE YOU REALLY FEEL LIKE

  • YOU ARE WALKING ON CLOUDS.

  • YOU LOSE TRACK OF WHERE YOUR BODY ENDS.

  • YOU WOULD DESCRIBE THIS AS LIKE A EUPHORIC FEELING?

  • YEAH, AND THEY SAID, LIKE, THEY CAN FOCUS SO EASILY ON ONE THING THAT

  • THEY WILL ONLY REALIZE, LIKE AFTER TWO MINUTES OF

  • LOOKING AT LEAVES THAT THE MUSIC WAS PLAYING THE WHOLE TIME,

  • LIKE THAT KIND OF STUFF.

  • I DON'T KNOW, I'VE NEVER DONE IT.

  • I MEAN I THINK THAT WE SO OFTEN FORGET ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH,

  • AND EVALUATE IT, AND UNDERFUND IT, AND IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.

  • IT SHOULD BE TREATED WITH EXACTLY AS MUCH SERIOUSNESS AS

  • PHYSICAL AILMENTS. AND WITH THIS WORKS (?)

  • IF IT'S POSSIBLE, YEAH DEFINITELY.

  • YEAH, AND CURRENTLY THERE ARE ONLY 101 PEOPLE WHO ARE ABLE TO

  • ACCESS KETAMINE AT A TREATMENT CENTER IN THE UK, SO IT'S

  • NOT WIDELY AVAILABLE, BUT ABOUT 40% SHOWED SUSTAINED

  • IMPROVEMENT AFTER TAKING IT FOR THEIR DEPRESSION.

  • SO, THERE HAS BEEN SOME EVIDENCE TO INDICATE THAT IT DOES HAVE

  • MEDICINAL VALUE, AND AGAIN, YOU KNOW, WE ARE PRO-SCIENCE, WE

  • WANT MORE SCIENCE, WE WANT MORE RESEARCH, AND IF THERE IS A DRUG

  • OUT THERE THAT MAKES SENSE, THEN THAT IS GREAT.

  • -AND SO -YOU NEED A BIG SAMPLE SIZE

  • YOU DO, EXACTLY.

RESEARCHERS IN THE UK ARE NOW LOOKING INTO THE

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A2 US drug depression mental health potential anesthetic mdma

Ketamine = Potentially "Life-Changing" Treatment For Severe Depression

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    Mike NiKao-Kusata posted on 2017/06/09
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