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Ketamine Kicks Alcohol Cravings by Disrupting Associative Memories

By Neuromend Team on Jan 16, 2020 11:12:47 AM

While Intravenous Ketamine takes the lead in PTSD and depression treatment, recent research indicates IV Ketamine also treats addiction.

Specifically, alcohol consumption. Indeed, in one study using Intravenous Ketamine, alcohol consumption was reduced for a minimum of nine months! 

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Is Ketamine Treatment Covered By Health Insurance?

By Neuromend Team on Dec 19, 2019 2:22:38 PM

With many patients hearing about the success that Ketamine is having on Treatment Resistant Depression, they become really interested in figuring out the answer to the question: “Does my health insurance plan cover Ketamine infusions?” 

Keep reading to find answers to your questions surrounding insurance reimbursement and Ketamine.

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NAD Infusions Are The Next Big Thing In Anti-Aging Medicine

By Neuromend Team on Dec 3, 2019 5:53:06 PM

With all the hype around anti-aging as of late, it is tough to overlook the obvious benefits of NAD+ and the role it plays in our Mitochondrial health and energy metabolism. Keep reading to discover all of the benefits of supplemental NAD.

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Doctors Are Helping More Patients By Adding Ketamine To Their Clinic

By Neuromend Team on Nov 20, 2019 11:15:02 AM

Aside from our own patients' feedback about how much better they are feeling after IV Ketamine Therapy, we are always excited to get feedback from clinics that we have consulted in starting to offer Ketamine inside their own clinics or as a start-up.

And this successful testimony is no different.

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7 Steps To Avoid Depression With Daylight Savings

By Neuromend Team on Nov 3, 2019 11:42:31 AM

With the clocks "falling back" this past weekend, many people may notice feeling more "blue" with the days ending earlier than normal. Luckily, there are several ways to help avoid or decrease these symptoms so that you can adapt to the time change in a healthy way.

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Can Anti-Depressants Worsen Nutrient Depletion?

By Neuromend Team on Oct 22, 2019 9:54:50 AM

Do you feel as though your symptoms have progressively gotten a bit worse after originally improving since first starting your Anti-Depressant medication? Here is what may be happening.

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How To Add Revenue To Your Medical Practice

By Neuromend Team on Sep 26, 2019 4:23:47 PM


In today's American Healthcare climate, more and more clinics are looking for ways to thrive that don't require them to be so dependent on governmental or insurance reimbursement. Keep reading to discover six proven ways to increase your clinic's profitability and longevity.

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Drip IV Introduces: Individualized Micronutrient Drips

By Neuromend Team on Sep 25, 2019 3:14:27 PM

Drip IV now offers complete individualization for IV micro-nutrition. 

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Ketamine Infusions: Maintaining Your Journey, Creating Your Treatment Timeline

By Neuromend Team on Aug 23, 2019 9:01:56 AM

At the onset of your Ketamine journey, a quintessential question emerges: 

“What is the perfect Ketamine-infusion timeline?”  How should you approach maintenance Ketamine Infusions?

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Joe Rogan Talks Drip IV Therapy

By Allen Green on Aug 20, 2019 11:30:59 AM

Read on to see what Joe Rogan and Brendan Schaub had to say about IV Vitamin Therapy.

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How Neuromend Is Helping PTSD And Depression In First Responders

By Neuromend Team on Aug 12, 2019 11:56:05 AM

Neuromend's own, Allen Green, recently sat down with KADN to discuss how his clinic is helping to treat PTSD and depression which is a common struggle for many first responders.  

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Party Drug vs. Medical Success: Bridging the Ketamine Gap

By Neuromend Team on Aug 9, 2019 10:35:59 AM

With the new millennium emerged a new party drug, K, previously known as Ketamine. K’s popularity exploded.  And, spread like wildfire. 

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Summer Depression: Sadness When the Sun is Out

By Neuromend Team on Jul 30, 2019 4:11:14 PM

 

Since setting goals for the new year, you've looked forward to taking steps to implement change and make this year the best yet. Now, midway through the summer, those goals have fallen by the wayside and you're no further on the progression track of life than you were six months to a year ago. This realization can be overwhelming.

How did you fall so far off course when you were so determined such a short period ago?

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PTSD - The Pain Of Remembering The Fallen

By Allen Green on May 26, 2019 12:19:09 PM

Every year for Memorial Day, we are reminded of not only how thankful we are for the ultimate sacrifice given for our freedom, but also of how many of our Armed Forces members continue to suffer from PTSD. Fortunately, there is hope and light at the end of their dark tunnel.

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IV Nutrition: A More Holistic Approach to Health

By Neuromend Team on May 16, 2019 2:09:49 PM

Nutrient IV therapy has a wide range of uses to alleviate symptoms and correct problems. It is the fastest and most effective way to optimize your vitamin, nutrient, and mineral levels. Here at Drip IV Therapies, an affiliate of NeuroMend, we take care of you to restore your health safely and effectively. Below are some of the many solutions that we offer.


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FDA Approved Spravato (Esketamine) Nasal Spray Available at NeuroMend

By Neuromend Team on May 14, 2019 8:08:15 AM

 

Effective immediately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Spravato (esketamine) nasal spray for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression, more commonly known as TRD.

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Baton Rouge Sufferer Finds Depression Relief With Ketamine: A Testimony

By Neuromend Team on Apr 12, 2019 6:24:47 PM

Below is the story of Michael, a NeuroMend patient, whose life was changed drastically after he began ketamine infusions to treat his treatment-resistant depression. Below is his powerful testimonial; a story worth retelling for depression sufferers everywhere−to let you know that there is hope. 

 

“Last week I completed my sixth ketamine infusion at Neuromend Infusion Therapy in Lafayette, La.  I have been struggling with depression off and on my entire life.  The 7th grade was the first time I remember feeling uncomfortable, on the outside and not a "part of".  I also experienced horrible stomach aches almost daily.  The doctors never found anything wrong with me physically so they chalked it up as stress. I was athletic, had plenty friends, and lacked nothing as a child.  There was no cause that I could see. It would get better for a couple years then I would relapse into another depression.  This happened in 7th grade, 10th grade, then again as a freshman in college and would continue for my entire life. In high school I started self-medicating with alcohol and other drugs.  Until that in itself became problematic.

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Hydration IV Drip: Surviving Acadiana's Summer

By Neuromend Team on Apr 1, 2019 5:42:37 AM

If you're from Lafayette or have spent more than a few hours here, you know how harsh the weather can be on your body. Staying properly hydrated is vital for handling the South Louisiana climate. All critical bodily functions require water, making it an essential part of living a healthy life. It lubricates the joints and eyes, keeps skin healthy by eliminating toxins, and facilitates proper digestion.

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Welcome to Drip IV Therapies

By Neuromend Team on Mar 29, 2019 6:01:28 AM

Balance is the key to a healthy life, but it can be difficult to achieve. Hectic schedules, responsibilities, and a culture that doesn't allow us to slow down; something always seems to get in the way of obtaining optimum health.

 

Get Back On Track 

We have an easy way for you to get back on track: Drip IV Therapies.

Intravenous therapies* provide results that undeniably reward our bodies with what it needs. Drip IV's mission is to provide a health-based, alternative method of achieving balance emotionally, mentally, and physically.

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A Two Minute Guide to IV Nutritional Therapy

By Neuromend Team on Mar 22, 2019 6:08:40 AM

Curious about how IV Nutritional Therapy can improve your life? Here are the four most popular questions... Answered by our team!

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Neuromend Executive Director Brings Awareness To Local Event

By Neuromend Team on Jan 31, 2019 8:42:44 AM

 

When: Saturday, February 9th from 10 am to 3 pm

Where: Cajun Harley Davidson in Scott, LA


This year at the Jeep Show and Shine Gumbo Cookoff , Neuromend's own Allen Green will be speaking on the success that their clinic has experienced treating patients with treatment-resistant depression and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) as well as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).

Not many people have heard of CRPS and RSD, but to those diagnosed with it, they know it and its symptoms all too well.

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Your Habenula and Why it is the Most Important Part of Your Brain You Have Never Heard Of

By Neuromend Team on Jan 27, 2019 5:01:30 PM

 

 

Table of Contents:

What is your habenula?

Why is it so important?

How do they know it is important?

How does this affect us in our daily life?

How can ketamine help?

 

What is your habenula?

Your habenula, sometimes referred to as the “Anti-reward System”, is a tiny area in the middle of your brain positioned between the thalamus and the stalk of the pineal gland.

The habenula regulates nearby reward areas and helps us to learn from actions made throughout our lives.

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How Setting SMART Goals for the New Year Can Aid Depression Treatment

By Neuromend Team on Jan 8, 2019 10:05:52 AM

New year. New me.

Every January, motivation hits and we become determined that this is the year we will make major improvements in our lives. We sit down with a pen and paper and list all the things that we plan to change in the upcoming year. For those struggling with depression, finding the motivation to make improvements for the new year can seem daunting. When each day is a struggle to get out of bed, how can one even begin to contemplate gathering the motivation to make life-altering changes.

The research suggests otherwise.

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4 Reasons You Might Have the Holiday Blues and What You Can Do About Them

By Neuromend Team on Nov 29, 2018 1:40:38 PM

Article Summary:

1) Social Media

2) Work is Stressing You Out

3) The Pressures of Gift Giving

4) Something or Someone is Missing

 

Well, it's that time of year again.

The smell of pumpkin spice is in the air, sappy movies have us wondering why we can't find our lover to kiss under the mistletoe, and the family debate has begun on where everyone will be getting together to open presents.

The holidays have clearly crept up on us yet again. December is known to be a time for giving gifts, throwing parties, and visiting family.

It is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, right?

Then why do so many of us dread this season and the blues it brings with it?

These reasons may be a few of the culprits.

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How Ketamine Infusions are Helping Veterans Suffering from PTSD

By Neuromend Team on Nov 15, 2018 2:15:08 PM

Veterans fight long and hard to keep our country safe and free. They spend many years sacrificing their time and energy preparing to battle those who pose a threat to the United States only to come home and fight a battle against an enemy where they received no training.

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Lafayette Native Set to Speak on Ketamine Infusion Therapy at This Year's AANA Conference

By Neuromend Team on Nov 7, 2018 5:51:56 PM

Tracy P. Young, CRNA, MBA, MSNA, will be speaking at the AANA (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists) Practice Leadership Assembly this Friday, November 9th from 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM.

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New Study Shows Ketamine May Prove Effective In Treating RA and Fibromyalgia

By Neuromend Team on Oct 29, 2018 1:47:51 PM

RA, the shortened name of rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia have proven to be difficult ailments to treat. Statistics show that roughly 1.5 million Americans suffer from RA, with nearly three-quarter of those suffering being women. RA also increases the risk of developing fibromyalgia.

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Starting a Ketamine Clinic: Expectations vs. Reality

By Neuromend Team on Oct 19, 2018 8:08:57 AM

 

When facing a situation that few have done before, there are usually more questions than answers. Ketamine as a treatment for depression, especially TRD, is still in its infancy. Many trials and errors occur in order to produce the desired results. Here at NeuroMend, we have put in over a thousand hours into the research and development of how we use ketamine as an anti-depressant. While opening our own clinic, we have learned a lot. As always, when undertaking a task that few have attempted, expectation often differs from reality. Listed below are a few of our experiences we would like to share with you.

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Top Rated Ketamine Clinics: 4 Items To Look For

By Neuromend Team on Sep 24, 2018 9:00:02 AM

 

Table of Contents

1) Medical Qualifications of Practitioner

2) Appropriate Physical and Psychological Screenings of Patients

3) Patient Follow Up

4) Procedures and Protocols Used

 

With the recent surge of ketamine clinics popping up around the country, it can be quite tricky to know which one to choose. Listed below are four criteria that you should be looking for when selecting a ketamine clinic to suit your needs. 

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Ketamine Clinic Surge: Why More Means Better

By Neuromend Team on Sep 13, 2018 5:00:37 AM

Recently there has been a significant surge in ketamine clinics popping up around the country. Ketamine, once known as the popular party drug "Special K," has recently entered the spotlight for its extreme efficacy in treating depression. Contrary to popular belief that these businesses are looking to make a quick dollar, patients dissatisfied with their current anti-depression treatments who are looking for alternative methods are the ones fueling the demand.

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What The Mayo Clinic Is Saying About Ketamine And Depression (Video)

By Neuromend Team on Aug 24, 2018 4:39:20 AM

Dr. Susannah Tye, a researcher within the Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, discusses research on optimizing depression treatment with ketamine intervention for patients with treatment-resistant depression.

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Adolescents with Depression: Ketamine Treatments Show Promise

By Neuromend Team on Aug 15, 2018 5:32:38 AM

Young people suffering from treatment-resistant depression (TRD) showed a significant reduction of their symptoms after being administered ketamine infusions, according to a study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

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Intravenous Ketamine Infusion Protocols for Neuropathic Pain Management

By Neuromend Team on Jul 6, 2018 5:48:39 AM

Protocol Overview

Intravenous ketamine infusions have been used extensively to treat often-intractable neuropathic pain conditions. Because there are many widely divergent ketamine infusion protocols described in the literature, the variation in these protocols presents a challenge for direct comparison of one protocol with another and in discerning an optimal protocol.

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New Mechanism Of Action Shows Ketamine Works In More Ways Than Previously Thought

By Neuromend Team on Jun 22, 2018 1:31:56 PM

A team at the University of Illinois at Chicago has uncovered a new mechanism that helps explain the remarkably rapid, and long-lasting, antidepressant effects of the controversial drug ketamine. The exciting research reveals the drug operates in a similar way to conventional SSRI antidepressants, except is it significantly more effective.

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FDA Data Supports Ketamine Infusions for Depression Therapy

By Neuromend Team on Jun 21, 2018 12:43:30 PM

An analysis of data from the FDA Adverse Events Reporting System (FAERS) supported previous findings that ketamine could be an effective treatment for depression, researchers found.

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A Life Changed By Ketamine Infusions: From Chaos To Calm

By Neuromend Team on Jun 12, 2018 6:25:57 AM

For six years now, life has been really good for James. He has a great job as the creative director of an advertising firm in New York City. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.

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Looking to Start a Ketamine Clinic? Here is Everything You Need to Know

By Neuromend Team on May 26, 2018 9:44:03 AM

Are you looking to start a ketamine clinic for depression? Do you need a ketamine infusion protocol and a ketamine infusion clinic operations manual? Let NeuroMend Ketamine Consulting support your efforts!

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Alternative Treatments For Depression Found In Acadiana

By Neuromend Team on May 9, 2018 8:04:03 AM

 More than three million Americans report suffering from clinical depression each year — and according to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 16 million Americans experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2016. That number makes up almost seven percent of all adults in the country.

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Ketamine: The First New Depression Drug In More Than 30 Years

By Neuromend Team on Apr 19, 2018 9:52:39 AM


  • Ketamine is emerging as a potential new drug for depression — the first of its kind in 35 years.
  • Johnson & Johnson is actively pursuing a nasal formulation of the drug. Researchers plan to present the results of an advanced clinical trial of the formula next month at the American Psychiatric Association meeting.
  • An early glimpse at some of the results suggests that the formula is safe and linked with sustained improvements in depressive symptoms over a year.

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Ketamine Shows Promise For Depression Treatment

By Neuromend Team on Apr 11, 2018 8:34:06 AM

“After the first couple of treatments it didn't seem to work, but after I hit my fourth one, everything started to change.”

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How To Get Insurance To Pay For Your Ketamine Infusions

By Neuromend Team on Apr 9, 2018 9:43:06 AM

Whether you are just now considering Ketamine Infusions for Depression or you have already reaped the positive effects from them, cost can be a huge factor. It can be frustrating to finally find something that works for your Treatment Resistant Depression that insurance may not cover. 

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Want To Improve Your Mental Health? Ketamine Infusions Could Be Your Answer

By Neuromend Team on Apr 2, 2018 12:47:34 PM

What Did He Just Say!?

“I’m not so despondent about life anymore.”

“I ran this week.”

“I did Easter for the first time in years. I even cooked!”

“I don’t know what changed, but I smile now…and I laugh.”

“I haven’t heard him sing in years.”

“She asked me to make an appointment for her to get her hair dyed. She hasn’t dyed her hair since Christmas 2015.”

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Ketamine Infusions: Healing for Depression and Chronic Pain

By Neuromend Team on Mar 20, 2018 12:30:43 PM

Ketamine Healing

Depression is more common than most people may realize. According to the CDC, suicide is the third main cause of death among young people. Nearly 4,600 lives a year are lost to this cause. The NIMH estimates that in the US, 16 million adults suffer from at least one major depressive episode in a year. That comes to nearly seven percent of the population.

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Secrets of Ketamine's Antidepressant and Mental Health Effect Unlocked By Scientists

By Neuromend Team on Mar 6, 2018 11:03:53 AM

Identifying the way in which ketamine rapidly alleviates treatment resistant depression could pave way for new generation of treatments.

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Everything You Need to Know to Start a Ketamine Clinic - Plus Ketamine Infusion Protocols

By Neuromend Team on Feb 22, 2018 4:11:58 AM

The demand for ketamine infusion therapy is growing at an exponential rate. As the mounting research supports the use of ketamine infusions for treatment resistant depression and other mental health disorders, as well as multiple forms of chronic neuropathic pain, increasingly, patients are opening their minds to the hope behind ketamine infusions.

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Ketamine Saves Lives: True Stories from Ketamine Infusion Patients

By Neuromend Team on Feb 13, 2018 11:02:10 AM

Regardless of the growing mounds of evidence in support of ketamine as an antidepressant, still a negative stigma exists. To some, ketamine will never be more than a club drug, or a horse tranquilizer. But to the tens of thousands of Americans whose lives have changed or been saved thanks to ketamine infusions, this drug is an absolute miracle.

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Woman Shares Her Experience Undergoing Ketamine Infusions for Depression

By Neuromend Team on Feb 6, 2018 11:47:50 AM

 

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Cleveland Clinic Unveils Top 10 Medical Innovations: Ketamine Infusion #7

By Neuromend Team on Feb 2, 2018 7:36:54 AM

Cleveland Clinic’s  Medical Innovation Summit concluded on Oct. 26 with the annual list of emerging medical technologies that could transform healthcare in the coming year. Ketamine for Treatment-Resistant Depression listed as number 7!

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Ketamine Infusions Prove Useful in Treatment of Severe Social Anxiety

By Neuromend Team on Jan 29, 2018 11:07:45 AM

The first placebo-controlled study of ketamine’s effect on social anxiety disorder has provides more evidence that the anesthetic could be helpful in severe cases.

“Many patients with anxiety continue to have impairing symptoms despite the first-line talk therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy) and first-line medications (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors),” said study authors Jerome H. Taylor of the University of Pennsylvania and Michael H. Bloch of Yale University.

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The Renaissance of Ketamine Infusions for the Treatment of Chronic Pain

By Neuromend Team on Jan 18, 2018 12:04:26 PM

Dr. Adam C. Young, MD is the Director, Acute Pain Service and Assistant Professor for Anesthesiology & Interventional Pain Medicine at Rush University Medical Center. Recently he agreed to share his thoughts with the National Pain Report on the use of ketamine for the treatment of chronic pain.

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SSRIs vs Ketamine Infusions: Everything You Need To Know

By Neuromend Team on Jan 16, 2018 7:12:59 AM

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): The Bedrock of Depression Treatment & How Ketamine Infusions Can Help When SSRIs Aren’t Working!

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Why I Am Not Too "Manly" To Ask For Help With Depression

By Allen Green on Jan 12, 2018 2:32:53 PM

Millions of people are affected by mental health disorders every year. Depression is among the greatest of these illnesses, and men are more likely than women to not seek treatment.  The “stigma” of our masculinity being threatened keeps thousands of men from seeking help. The thought of becoming vulnerable to something they cannot control, or looking weak in the eyes of their family and friends can allow this serious illness to spiral out of control. 

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Ketamine Infusions: Effective Pain Relief for Refractory Headaches

By Neuromend Team on Jan 7, 2018 1:25:06 PM

Ketamine is associated with significant pain relief among patients with refractory headaches, according to study findings presented at Anesthesiology 2017, held October 21-25 in Boston, Massachusetts.

“Headaches that have failed multiple treatments, known as refractory headaches, can have a major negative impact on quality of life,” said study investigator Eric S. Schwenk, MD, associate professor and director of orthopedic anesthesia at Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “We found that patients with these types of headaches who received ketamine infusions...experienced improved pain control during their infusions.”

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Ketamine Infusion: A Launching Pad for Depression and Chronic Pain

By Neuromend Team on Jan 4, 2018 5:57:58 AM

Ketamine Gets ALLL the Reactions

With all of the chatter about ketamine and its treatment of refractory depression, as well as chronic migraines, comes excitement, curiosity, doubts, and criticism - from both patients and healthcare providers alike. "It's really fascinating," says one doc, while another quips, "but it doesn't last long enough!" It's been deemed "the most exciting development in mental health" by some, while others express legitimate concerns about the long term effects of ketamine use. "Do they really send people down the k-hole!?," someone asked me last week. (The answer is NO. The dose administered is subanesthetic and subdissociative. Read more here. )

When anything or anyone new and different arrives on the scene, isn't this the way humans typically respond? That which challenges the status quo usually evokes discomfort and fear. 

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Do I Have Treatment Resistant Depression? Can Ketamine Infusions help?

By Neuromend Team on Jan 4, 2018 5:18:01 AM

The Struggle is Real

You don't like taking antidepressants. They take too long to work. The side effects of this antidepressant are worse than the last one you tried. Is your depression treatment resistant? Can Ketamine Infusions help?

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Quick Guide: Functional Medicine and Ketamine Wellness

By Neuromend Team on Dec 27, 2017 4:19:12 PM

You may have heard about physicians embracing the relatively new philosophy of Integrative or Functional Medicine. Our health care system has put demands on doctors that limit the amount of time spent with patients. Instead of being allowed the time with a patient to find the underlying causes to illness, physicians are rushed and overwhelmed, and are, thus, forced to treat symptoms.

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Newsflash: The News Won't Help Your Depression.

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on Nov 6, 2017 2:51:40 PM

Did You Hear What Happened to Those People in Ohio!?
Lucky us. We have access to 24-hour news reports on our TVs, computers, phones, & whatever devices we use, no matter where on the map we are. We can tap into the most current, up-to-the-minute details on whatever mass shooting, global crisis, North Korean threat, or Presidential drama happened. ANY. TIME. WE. WANT. There is no lull in the traffic, no respite from the media's focus on negative, violent news. Well, wait – I did read that Justin and Selena may be back together ...whew  
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Depression, Anxiety & Guilt: When You Feel Bad for Feeling So Bad

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on Sep 21, 2017 4:46:27 PM

The Guilt

Feelings of guilt often accompany major depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. That you are having difficulty functioning on a very basic level, while knowing that you “don’t have it that bad” (or, that’s what your *insert family member* is telling you) has you feeling even worse. Your family and friends may not understand what you're going through, and from their perspective, have trouble grasping why you can’t just pick your head up and work through this. You tell yourself, ‘I'm not DYING, for God’s sake…,’ but it doesn’t help a thing. 

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Shifting the Focus: In Serving Others, We Can Help Ourselves

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on Sep 13, 2017 2:20:10 PM

When You're Stuck in Your Head

“You know, depression is sort of a selfish feeling,” someone told me last week. “I just sit there, thinking only about myself and my life.” So, when she is able, she volunteers with a local hospice. On the days she volunteers, her depression is not as bad.

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Do I Have Treatment Resistant Depression?

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on Aug 24, 2017 11:51:12 AM

The Struggle is Real

You don't like taking antidepressants. They take too long to work. The side effects of this antidepressant are worse than the last one you tried. Is your depression treatment resistant?

3 min read

Yoga Therapy: The Application of Yoga to Treat Depression & More

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on Aug 7, 2017 8:26:57 AM

Laughing Until We Couldn't...or Could...Breathe

In 2010, following my father’s cancer diagnosis, I accompanied him to MD Anderson for one of his two-day appointments. Interested in the ancillary services they offer to patients and their families, I looked at the Integrative Medicine department’s events calendar when we arrived. Ten o’clock a.m.: Laughing Yoga. How could we pass that up!? My dad reluctantly agreed to participate.

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Ketamine Infusion Therapy: A Launching Pad for the Depressed

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on Jul 26, 2017 3:33:11 PM

Ketamine Gets ALL the Reactions

With all of the chatter about ketamine and its treatment of refractory depression comes excitement, curiosity, doubts, and criticism - from both patients and healthcare providers alike. "It's really fascinating," says one doc, while another quips, "but it doesn't last long enough!" It's been deemed "the most exciting development in mental health" by some, while others express legitimate concerns about the long term effects of ketamine use. "Do they really send people down the k-hole!?," someone asked me last week. (The answer is NO. The dose administered is subanesthetic and subdissociative. Read more here. )

When anything or anyone new and different arrives on the scene, isn't this the way humans typically respond? That which challenges the status quo usually evokes discomfort and fear. (See why more means better when dealing with ketamine clinics)

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Mind-Body Interventions Improve Mental Health & Immune System

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on Jul 11, 2017 11:48:40 AM

How Do Your Stressful Mornings Affect Your Health?

Picture this: A stressful event happens. Your brain interprets it as a physical or social threat, which results in the activation of the regions of your brain associated with pain. Your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) triggers the ‘fight-or-flight’ response, followed by cascade of physiological events, which results in the production of inflammatory proteins and stress-related changes in your genes. This response to stress happens over and over and if not managed can become chronic, increasing your risk for inflammatory-related diseases, such as arthritis, asthma, certain types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and psychiatric disorders. 

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Chronic Migraines: When Your Headache Leaves You in the Dark

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on Jun 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Migraines Are the Worst

A woman recounts her experience: “It happens after I eat chocolate or drink red wine, or right before I start my period. I know it’s coming on because I start to see flashes of light in my peripheral vision. That’s when I brace myself, wherever I am, knowing my day’s plans may be shot. Best-case scenario, I’ll take prescription medicine and kick it before it kicks me. Worst-case, I’ll have to leave work and will be confined to my bed, in the dark, drinking cups of black coffee with an ice pack on my head, until the pain subsides. Sometimes the pain doesn’t let up for a day or two. When I do finally feel some relief, I am exhausted and hungover.”

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Inflammation and Depression: Your Choices Impact Your Mental Health

By Neuromend Team on Jun 13, 2017 9:58:08 AM

Don't I Just Need to Find the Right Medication?

If you have been battling depression, you might feel helpless because nothing you've tried lately is working. However, there is more to treating depression than finding the right medication or the right therapist. While the right medication coupled with effective therapy can be paramount to treating severe depression, there are lifestyle factors to consider.  The choices you make on a daily basis can have a profound effect on your mood and on your mental health, in general.

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Ketamine Infusion Therapy: The Recovery Experience

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on Jun 6, 2017 4:59:22 PM

What Are Patients Experiencing During the Infusion?

In a previous blog entry, I wrote about the ketamine infusion experience. Let me expand on that today, as I focus on recovery from ketamine infusion therapy. While our patients are receiving ketamine infusion therapy, our nursing and anesthesia clinicians are conducting ongoing assessments of the patients. Every ten minutes, the patient’s vital signs are checked, and the patient is asked how s/he is feeling. All patient responses are recorded within the medical record and utilized to help our clinical team better understand how this low-dose infusion affects the patient. Responses from patients vary from “I feel good” to “I feel weird,” with adjectives like ‘funny,’ ‘sleepy,’ ‘fine,’ and ‘a little drunk’ used to describe how patients feel while receiving the infusion. They also report feeling as if they are dreaming, unable to really engage in a conversation or stand up.

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Memorial Day & PTSD: Remembering the Fallen

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on May 29, 2017 4:45:56 PM

Memorial Day         

What time are we eating!? What can we bring!? Will the kids swim!? Oh, what a bummer that it’s raining…we were gonna take the boat out! 

While you might be seasoning meat to grill, making potato salad, drinking beer, slathering sunscreen on your kids’ faces, or just enjoying a long weekend, take a moment to remember the men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces.

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Substance Abuse and Depression: A Lethal Combination

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on May 24, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Depression, Substance Abuse & Suicide

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the day the world lost talented musician Chris Cornell to suicide, the National Institutes of Health issued a news release:Study finds tens of millions of Americans drink alcohol at dangerously high levels”.  Researchers from the NIAAA Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research analyzed data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), a national survey conducted in 2001-2002 and 2012-2013. The surveys examined subjects' alcohol use within the previous year, and its co-occurrence with drug use and psychiatric conditions. The results of the survey? Adults in America are engaging in extreme binge drinking now more than they were ten years prior. Find the research abstract, as well as the journal article, here.

 

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Ketamine Infusion Therapy: The Infusion Experience

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on May 15, 2017 5:41:30 PM

An Infusion? Yikes.

When you hear the word ‘infusion,’ what comes to mind? A hospital gown? Needles? Doctors and nurses hovering over you, in a cold hospital room? Sometimes your associations with certain words can deter you altogether from considering new experiences – especially if those associations elicit fear.

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Aummm: The Power of Yoga in Treating Depression

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on May 8, 2017 6:02:41 PM

After Doing Yoga, You Might Just Feel Better

What is it about practicing yoga that leaves you feeling relaxed, at peace, and just better? Or, less angry? Less sad? Was it because you were physically separated from your phone for more than 30 minutes during waking hours? Or, that you gave yourself permission to let go of that thing, that person, or that fear you hold onto for dear life, for an hour? Was it the simple act of moving your body while also breathing that left you feeling that good?

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Depression: The White Elephant in the...World

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on Apr 26, 2017 5:45:00 AM

Depression: A Global Problem

This year, the World Health Organization launched a global campaign on depression, called Depression: let’s talk. According to the WHO website, “The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help. Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.” If the World Health Organization is devoting an entire year to educating the public on the importance of talking about depression, it’s a problem!

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The Proof is in the Pudding: Ketamine Takes on Treatment Resistant Depression

By Neuromend Team on Apr 17, 2017 11:21:20 PM

What Did They Just Say!?

“I’m not so despondent about life anymore.”

“I ran this week.”

“I did Easter for the first time in years. I even cooked!”

“I don’t know what changed, but I smile now…and I laugh.”

“I haven’t heard him sing in years.”

“She asked me to make an appointment for her to get her hair dyed. She hasn’t dyed her hair since Christmas 2015.”

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Are you Depressed? Can Ketamine Offer Relief?

By Neuromend Team on Apr 10, 2017 10:53:37 PM

Sometimes It’s About Surviving the Day

If ever in your life you could not pay your electricity bill, you probably were not able to focus on much else. I’m guessing you were not considering ways to improve your relationship with your child, planning a weekend with friends, or even meeting anyone for coffee. You were likely highly stressed and focused only on how you would keep the lights on.

When our basic needs aren’t met, the rest of what might be important cannot be addressed. The mind expends all its energy on securing the necessities to survive. Anything unrelated to making sure you have the essentials is put on the backburner.

 

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Scrolling For Happiness: Does Social Media Use Cause Depression?

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on Mar 30, 2017 11:38:27 AM

When All Else Fails, Stare at Your Phone...Right!? 

You know that if you would quit smoking, start exercising three days a week, make plans with a friend, keep a gratitude journal, and start eating healthier, you’d be happier, right? You also should “Breathe, and let it go” and know that “Dark days don’t linger for long,” like those Instagram posts tagged #happiness read.

But Then You Feel Worse

There you are, lying in bed, scrolling aimlessly through your phone and wishing you did not need to go to the bathroom because you don’t even have the energy to sit up. You slept 8.5 hours last night, like most nights, yet you don’t feel rested. In fact, you’re exhausted, and there’s zero desire inside of you to get up for class, for work, for breakfast. The new antidepressant your doctor started you on five weeks ago hasn’t made a difference, and you are so sick of changing medications.

Additional reading: SSRIs vs Ketamine Infusions: Everything You Need To Know

So, you continue to scroll through Facebook, looking at pictures of couples smiling, one friend’s weight loss before/after shots, another’s motivational quote for the day, and a shared Bible verse on the importance of having faith. ‘Faith in what!?,’ you ask aloud, and force yourself to roll out of bed, feeling worse about your pathetic life than you did an hour ago.

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Ketamine Infusion Therapy as Effective Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

By Maria Menard, LCSW, ACHP-SW, RYT-200 on Mar 15, 2017 5:17:19 AM

Seriously…Ketamine!?

Its notoriety as a rave drug jolts folks a bit, when they hear that ketamine is being used to treat refractory depression. Yes, ketamine…the ‘horse tranquilizer’ the drug that has taken many down the ‘K-hole’. That one. Over the past couple decades, scientists have conducted numerous studies that have repeatedly and consistently revealed the efficacy of low-dose ketamine infusions in treating depression in people for whom standard pharmacological treatments have not worked. Ketamine was developed in 1962 and has been used as a general anesthetic for more than 30 years. The drug has a remarkably safe track record when used in clinical settings and is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. Ketamine is FDA-approved as an anesthetic, but research continues to inform us that low doses of ketamine, administered intravenously, can produce rapid antidepressant effects.

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