CLEARWATER, Fla., May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Depression is a very devastating illness that takes on many forms. And some forms of depression are very resistant to current available treatments. Patients may lose jobs, spouses, and in some cases, may contemplate taking their own lives. CBS news featured a report on a new breakthrough treatment, IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy, which looks to be the most significant breakthrough in antidepressant medication in decades.
Dr. Ashraf Hanna, a board certified physician and director of pain management at the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater, Florida discusses PTSD and treatment-resistant depression: "There are many forms of depression that can be treated by a psychiatrist with various modalities, anti-depressants and psychotherapy. IV Ketamine therapy is only reserved for those patients that have treatment-resistant depression that have failed conventional therapy. IV Ketamine infusion therapy has offered a new hope to patients that had no hope."
When asked what prompted his use of IV Ketamine for PTSD and Depression and if any universities were involved in its development, Dr. Hanna went on to say: "There have been multiple universities involved in the research such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford that have proven the success rate of IV Ketamine for treatment-resistant depression. Since I was already successfully using IV Ketamine for CRPS/RSD, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathy, and Lyme disease, with over 7,000 infusions to date, I wanted to expand the treatment for depression, bi-polar and obsessive compulsive disorders. Since I am not a psychiatrist, I do not treat depression, but I work with qualified psychiatrists, and if he or she feels the patient has failed other treatment modalities, I then administer IV Ketamine for treatment-resistant depression."
One of Dr. Hanna's patients, Pamela Williamson, appeared on the show and she spoke about her experience with PTSD and Depression and her IV Ketamine Treatments: "Three years ago, I lost my only child and fell into a deep depression. I spent the first year in bed and then the second and third year, was taking anti-depression medication - but nothing was helping and I was losing hope. I was diagnosed with depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and began looking for other treatments."
Pamela continued: "Dr. Hanna has helped me tremendously, the results from my Ketamine treatments were almost immediate. I am not cured, but the Ketamine made a big change in my depression, I have begun living again and am extremely happy. I think Dr. Hanna is a godsend, I am very grateful for him and his team at The Florida Spine Institute. They are extremely kind and caring."
For over 25 years, Dr. Ashraf Hanna and the Florida Spine Institute have been the leader in pain management and most trusted medical facility in the Tampa Bay area, providing the latest advancements in chronic pain treatment, spine surgery, and the treatment of spine and joint pain.
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