Claire C

March 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized   |   Comments Off»

I had my first Ketamine infusion 3 months ago. Almost instantly upon completing my 2nd treatment, I knew my life was changed. Very quickly thereafter I knew I needed to write this testimonial in an effort to help others and to spread the word about Ketamine. Despite wanting to write this testimonial, it has taken me 3 months to do it, and the reason is: how do I put into words what it feels like to experience a miracle? I feel like nothing I can write can touch the impact this treatment has had on my life. There are literally no words, no sentiments, that can capture how much of a positive difference this has had on my life, and as a result, on my family and friends.
I’m 40, I’m female, I’m a stay at home mom of a 5 & 7 year old, my husband works full time. I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder at age 19. Since then I’ve tried all the antidepressants, I had 62 (yes, 62) ECT treatments.
There have been plenty of times I thought my antidepressant was working, and to an extent it was. But then it would poop out, I’d try a new one, it would work to an extent, then not work…on and on for 20 years.
I really figured I had nothing to lose by trying ketamine, and because even in my “good” times I knew I still was depressed to some extent, I had hope that a treatment that worked differently from antidepressants might work. I was close to the most depressed I’ve ever been. (I think my Beck’s scale score was a 34). After the first infusion, I thought maybe I felt different, but wasn’t sure. After the second I literally understood in a very personal way what the term “veil of depression” meant because almost in an instant, the veil was lifted.
Until the veil lifted, I didn’t even know I wore that veil, but I most certainly did. My inner dialogue is 180 degrees different. I’m not beating myself up inside and feeling like a failure. Things that used to set me off in an instant seem to roll off my shoulders easier. I have not only more patience for life, I feel a deeper connection to life. Within a week my Beck’s score was an 8, but I felt even better than that!
The people closest to me can’t believe the difference. The ripple effect in my life has been incredible. I actually even look different! I feel better physically because I’m not tense from stress.
As if the treatment itself wasn’t good enough, the Pittsburgh office has probably the greatest staff of anyplace anywhere. They genuinely want to help people, they are truly happy they are for their patients when they see positive results. They’re one of the most down to earth, kindest, most compassionate group of people I’ve ever encountered, and I count knowing them as a blessing.
If you are on the fence, if you’re scared, if you’re hopeless, I understand. But my hope and prayer for anyone reading this is that you or someone you love will find the strength to take a chance, try this treatment. Yes, it may not work. But if it does, get ready for a whole new life.

Claire C

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