According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), more than 16 million people suffered from major depressive disorder (MDD) in 2016. Also from NIMH, more than 1.3 million people attempted suicide in 2016. The last great revolution in the treatment of depression was in the 1980's with the advent of SSRI's like zoloft and Prozac. These drugs proved to be effective with a large portion of the population. The 1990's gave us mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which heightened our clinical ability to treat major depression. But MBCT and SSRI's are all we've had to offer depression patients for the last twenty years, and unfortunately there are still millions of people who do not respond to these standard treatments. These people have "treatment resistant" major depression.
With the advent of ketamine, however, we have a powerful new tool that is changing the way psychologists treat major depression. The Awakened Mind Institute (AMI) is among the few clinics in the country that specializes in the ketamine assisted psychotherapy. Ketamine is also showing strong indications of being useful in working with generalized anxiety and psychological trauma (PTSD). In conjunction with a local ketamine clinic, we can now break through treatment resistant depression and trauma.
We have seen first-hand the devastation these disorders cause, and we have worked with adolescents and young adults struggling with these disorders for more than 15 years now.
As Dr. Parker Wilson said recently, "For some patients and their families, we can offer a sustainable bridge between individual therapy (the lowest and least expensive level of care) and long-term hospitalization (the highest and most expensive level of care)."
Misdiagnosis is a very common problem, even among medical professionals, so the first step is a diagnostic consultation and assessment. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, a treatment plan is created. AMI uses only the most effective and scientifically validated psychotherapies for BD. As an out-patient facility, we help the young adult adhere to their treatment, often in conjunction with other professionals (e.g., psychiatrists, teachers, etc), and in coordination with the patient's family. Treatment is typically intensive at first, and decreases across time.
Let us help you. Dr. Parker Wilson and Jasmine Crane, MA are experts in the treatment of BD, and have accumulated over 17,000 hours of treatment time. Our rate for good outcomes with both bipolar I and II are more than double the national averages! So please don’t wait any longer, there is no need to continue to suffer. Reach out and get the help you and your family need today!