Chronic depression can have devastating effects on all aspects of an individual’s life, including their sleep. While pharmaceutical medications are a popular option for treatment, they are not always suitable and can come with unwanted side effects. However, in recent years there has been a rise in evidence to support the use of Ketamine therapy to combat chronic severe depression.
Dr. Mai Shimada is here to share her story about the impressive healing properties of Ketamine. After struggling with mental health issues, she found that Ketamine relieved her symptoms and improved her overall well-being. If you know someone who is struggling with chronic depression, this conversation could be beneficial for them.
In this episode, Dr. Shimada discusses the power of ketamine therapy to heal depression and other mental disorders. She explains that when we are experiencing mental health difficulties, our brains are altered in a way that can make it difficult to escape the negative thinking loop that can be caused by depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Ketamine makes our brains more plastic, which is why psychotherapy assisted by ketamine is effective in helping us transform.
Let’s jump in!
Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[02:23] Mai’s backstory and how she came to understand Ketamine therapy
[05:06] Ego loss and how it helps people with breakthroughs
[08:18] What is ketamine? Is ketamine only for extreme depression cases? Can people with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia use ketamine if nothing has worked?
[12:24] Can Ketamine reverse the effects of depression on older people?
[15:18] How the breakthrough with Ketamine looks like
[18:43] The description of the ketamine tablet, how to use it, and how it works
[23:09] Sessions that you need to see significant results from Ketamine
[24:05] Similarities and differences between Ketamine and other medications
[26:21] Where to start with Ketamine medications? Golden key nuggets about ketamine therapy for depression
About Dr. Mai Shimada –
Dr. Shimada is the founder and medical director at Isha Health, based in San Francisco, CA. She is a former ER physician and decided to dedicate the next chapter of her life to providing ketamine therapy. She was trained in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy at Polaris and is currently in a psychedelic facilitation program at UC Berkeley.
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