Life is full of challenges; while you may overcome most of them, some may be too challenging, leading to psychological distress. While most cases respond to antidepressants and psychotherapy, some may not. In such cases, Dr. Giles may recommend spravato Sandy Springs at Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions.
An overview of Spravato
Spravato refers to a nasal spray consisting of esketamine that relieves depression symptoms when other treatments prove futile. Anyone can develop depression regardless of age, sex, or race, leading to frustration and distress. If left untreated, it can result in suicidal thoughts. Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions uses advanced technology to address moderate to severe depression in cases where other treatments have failed to work. Spravato is one of their innovative and effective treatments. The treatment is by prescription only by a board-certified psychiatrist. Spravato is an FDA-approved treatment technique meaning that insurance may cover it.
How Spravato alleviates depression symptoms
Spravato consists of an improved type of anesthetic drug ketamine known as esketamine. Medical research depicts that esketamine stimulates new synapse formation in your brain. Synapses refer to the nerve cells (connections between the brain’s neurons) that allow the movement of signals from one neuron to another via chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine (neurotransmitters). Studies show that people struggling with depression have diminished levels of neurotransmitters and fewer synapses in their brains. This deficiency interferes with their thought processing, lowering their mood. Spravato stimulates neurotransmitter production and formation of new synapses restoring normal brain functioning.
When you should consider Spravato
If you have been undergoing depression for some time without significant improvement, Dr. Giles may recommend Spravato. He understands that this disorder can put your life on hold, and so he utilizes advanced technology to prevent that from happening. Most patients respond reasonably well to antidepressant medications and psychotherapy. However, some people don’t experience any improvement with these treatments, which may worsen their depression. In such treatment-resistant cases, your provider may suggest Spravato. The practice also provides IV ketamine infusion to relieve treatment-resistant depression symptoms. Dr. Giles discusses both techniques with you before developing an individualized treatment plan. Many patients prefer Spravato to IV ketamine as it is minimally invasive and is under insurance coverage.
What Spravato treatment involves
Spravato is a simple treatment technique. During your appointment at Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions, Dr. Giles performs a thorough psychological exam to determine the severity of your depression. He may then administer the drug through your nasal passages. He may recommend several treatment sessions for optimal results. The number of treatment sessions one needs varies from one patient to the next, but most patients benefit from three sessions a week for about 4-6 weeks. Once your treatment kicks in, your provider may recommend boosters to prevent a relapse.
Depression is a severe medical disorder that rarely heals without medical intervention. While antidepressants may work for some people, they may not be effective for others. No need to lose hope; you can call the Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions office or book your spot online to begin your Spravato treatment.