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  • Writer's pictureCamille Pincock, MPAS, PA-C

Ben's Journey Through Treatment-Resistant Depression

Ketamine Therapy and How It Changed Ben’s Life


Ketamine therapy


Depression can cast a long, dark shadow over every aspect of life, making it difficult to see a way forward. This was the reality for Ben, a 40-year-old from New York, who struggled with treatment-resistant depression for many years. His story is a testament to the transformative power of new treatments like Spravato® (esketamine) nasal spray, providing hope for those battling similar mental health challenges.


In his thirties, Ben's depression intensified, becoming an overwhelming force that affected his daily life.

"This internal voice wants to convince me that I’m a terrible person, that I don’t know what I’m doing, that nobody likes me, that I’m a literal piece of garbage who doesn’t deserve anything".

Ben shared, highlighting the relentless negative thoughts that plagued him.


Ben's condition spiraled to the point where he could barely function.


"Some days I would just collapse in a fit of crying. Probably on only 5 hours of sleep a week, not eating enough. That’s when things were the worst"

Despite trying at least four different oral antidepressants, relief remained elusive. His psychiatrist diagnosed him with treatment-resistant depression, a condition where traditional antidepressants fail to provide adequate relief.


Watch this video to hear more about Ben's story.


Discovering Spravato® Ketamine Therapy for Depression


Upon learning about treatment-resistant depression, Ben's psychiatrist introduced him to Spravato®, the first FDA-approved nasal spray for adults with this condition, used in conjunction with an oral antidepressant. After researching and discussing it with his doctor, Ben decided to try this innovative treatment. Spravato® works differently than traditional antidepressants, offering a new avenue of hope for those like Ben.


The Transformation


Ben's journey with ketamine therapy marked a significant turning point.

"I was learning to love myself each and every session"

he said, reflecting on the positive changes he experienced. Clinical studies have shown that adults with treatment-resistant depression who used Spravato® alongside an oral antidepressant experienced a greater reduction in depressive symptoms within four weeks compared to those who received a placebo.


With the support of Spravato® treatment, his friends, and his family, Ben began to reclaim his life. He rediscovered his passions—cooking for friends, hiking, camping, and running daily.


"I’m really proud of where I am now. And I couldn’t have done this without my friends, definitely not without my family, and especially not without Spravato®. It didn’t make me a new person. It helped me become Ben,"


What to Expect During a Ketamine Therapy Session at Lonerock Clinic


At Lonerock Clinic, we prioritize your comfort and safety throughout your ketamine therapy session. Upon arrival, we will review your medical history and current condition to ensure you're ready for the session. The treatment begins with administering the medication under careful supervision. You'll remain in the clinic for at least two hours, during which our team will monitor you for any potential side effects like dizziness, sleepiness, or dissociation, ensuring you are safe and comfortable at all times.


The environment at Lonerock Clinic is designed to be serene and supportive. You'll be settled in a comfortable setting, such as a reclining chair, to help you relax during the observation period. Our team is always available to address any concerns or reactions you might have. This structured approach ensures both the efficacy and safety of your treatment, allowing you to focus on your healing journey with confidence and professional support.


Ben's story is a powerful reminder that there is hope, even for those facing treatment-resistant depression. If you're struggling with similar challenges, don't hesitate to reach out to schedule an appointment to explore all available treatment options, including Spravato® ketamine therapy. Remember, you deserve to feel better and reclaim your life. Lonerock Clinic is here to support you on your path to mental wellness.


Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you write your own success story.

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