Depression is the second most frequently diagnosed psychiatric disorder, behind anxiety. Diagnosis depends on the presence of a number of symptoms that conclude with significant limitations to enjoying life. Like most psychiatric disorders, depression is cyclical. This means when an individual begins to experience the symptoms associated with depression, they generally respond with behaviors that tend to make the symptoms worse. Attempting to self-medicate (consciously or subconsciously), patients engage in destructive behaviors contributing to the disorder.
Ketamine is a tool, used to treat the discomfort (reduce depressive symptoms) as well as give the patient an opportunity to develop mechanisms to help maintain symptom relief with the help of psychotherapy.