In this episode...
Conversation with Robert Hiemstra, MD
Where does depression come from? Can we cure it? Should we cure it? What is Ketamine? How does Ketamine work with depression, PTSD, suicidal ideation?
In this episode my co-host Mike Blasi and I speak with one of the leading Ketamine therapy Doctors in the U.S. - Dr. Robert Hiemstra. We talk about PTSD, depression and suicidal ideation, and explore the science of ketamine treatment.
"Suicide is a major national public health issue in the United States. In 2017, there were 47,173 recorded suicides, up from 42,773 in 2014, according to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). On average, adjusted for age, the annual U.S. suicide rate increased 24% between 1999 and 2014, from 10.5 to 13.0 suicides per 100,000 people, the highest rate recorded in 28 years. Due to the stigma surrounding suicide, it is suspected that suicide generally is underreported." -- Source: Wikipedia
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that each year approximately one million people die from suicide, which represents a global mortality rate of 16 people per 100,000 or one death every 40 seconds. It is predicted that by 2020 the rate of death will increase to one every 20 seconds.
"Major depression has been a nearly untouchable disease for most of Humankind’s time on the planet. Traditional depression medications get many patient’s out the door, but not by addressing their depression. The common final pathway of depression, anxiety, and PTSD is the despair induced by three neurotransmitters shutting down. This is signaled by the lateral habenula burst mode. These transmitters include dopamine and serotonin." source: Ketamine SLC