We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There are many sorts of depression. Some are mostly situational (eg loss or failure), some are mostly chemical (eg Bipolar Depression), some are mostly psychological (eg a big blow to a fragile ego, or self-contempt either deserved or undeserved), etc, etc. Many or most, it seems to me, are mixtures.
In my view, most people with a depression need some sort of psychological intervention or help, and many benefit from medicine unless the medicine completely sweeps things under the rug that ought to be addressed. Depression is a non-specific phenomenon, like pain. It is, in fact, mental pain. Sometimes, mental agony.
Interesting article about Ketamine ("Special K" as it is sold in nightclubs). If it's one more tool in the toolkit, great.
Interesting article, though I am not really all that interested in treating depression, I am familiar with Ketamine as it is used in anesthetizing animals.
The article says:
As a result, although it has not formally been approved for use in depression, it is widely prescribed “off label”, and clinics have sprouted up all over America, in particular, to offer infusions of the drug
Question: Wouldn't prescribing a drug 'off label' leave the health care provider wide open to liability lawsuits?
Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease. I have a nephew who is dying from the effects of a lifetime of medication to treat his bipolar illness. In retrospect was it wise to prescribe toxic drugs to alleviate some of his symptoms?