Mauricio Garcia Jacques, MD
Interventional Pain Management & Integrative Physical Medicine located in Houston, TX
Despite being common and treatable, major depression can put your life into turmoil that feels incurable. In Houston, iACHE offers ketamine infusions to treat major depression, even if other treatments were unsuccessful. To get started on a unique approach to long-term relief from the helplessness and despair of a major depressive episode, call the offices in the EMG Center, the Galleria, or North Houston or book your appointment with Garcia Jacques Mauricio, MD, online today.
Major Depression Q&A
What is major depression?
Major depression, also called major depressive disorder, is a mood disorder that impacts your life immensely. If you have major depression, your mind is plagued with feelings of sadness, loneliness, loss, and hopelessness. Unlike run-of-the-mill bouts of despair, episodes of major depression last for weeks, months, or even years and often don’t go away without rigorous intervention.
Sometimes episodes of major depression begin after an impactful life event, such as a death in your family or the end of a long romantic relationship. In other cases, major depression seemingly appears without a cause. The condition runs in families, but you don’t need to have a genetic predisposition to get it. In fact, experts aren’t entirely sure what causes it.
How do I know if I have major depression?
Symptoms of depression vary from mild to severe, often depending on the day. Sometimes, depressed feelings stay at the back of your mind and don’t affect your day very much. Other times, depression makes it seem impossible to get out of bed and face the world.
Symptoms of major depression include:
- Too much sleep
- Anger or irritability
- A lack of interest in activities
- Trouble concentrating
- Thoughts of suicide
These symptoms can infiltrate every aspect of your life and cause you to withdraw from your relationships. Finding the right treatment is vital to your well-being and can help you avoid further health complications resulting from difficulty taking care of yourself while you have major depression.
If you have thoughts of suicide while experiencing major depression, you must seek emergency treatment instead.
How is major depression treated?
Depression makes you feel hopeless and helpless, so a treatment that improves your mood and well-being may seem like an unrealistic pipe dream. In reality, major depression is highly treatable. The team at iACHE collaborates with mental health professionals to provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that helps you enjoy life again.
The practice offers relaxed, anesthesiologist-supervised ketamine infusions to treat depression. While other treatments for depression take weeks or months to take effect, ketamine infusions act almost immediately. The drug repairs the damaged communication pathways, called neural pathways, to help your brain better communicate with itself. Additionally, experts suspect that ketamine infusions help reduce inflammation in your brain that leads to symptoms of depression.
After your treatment, you may follow up with your provider with telemedicine or virtual visits to accommodate your busy schedule.
If you have major depression and struggle to find relief, book an appointment at iACHE by phone or online for help today.