Ketamine, once used frequently as a battlefield anesthetic during wartime and more recently as a club drug, has found new acclaim in its use to treat depression. Scientists and medical professionals have documented Ketamine’s ability to alleviate depressive symptoms in just hours, but didn’t really understand how it worked. Now new research hints at revealing the secret mechanism of action. In the most recent study, mice were injected with a stress hormone and then recorded exhibiting depressive symptoms such as refusing to eat in addition to recording the loss of synaptic connections in their brain. The mice were then given a dose of ketamine as investigators recorded surprising brain changes. The synaptic connections previously recorded, started to repair themselves after only twelve hours. In addition to repaired neuronal connections, the depressive symptoms that the mice had shown disappeared almost instantly. Ketamine therapy holds great promise in being able to quickly treat suicidal thoughts and depression, and this research helps uncover its secrets.
If you ever wondered why my blog is titled well call me crazy, here is a small example. I feel compelled to post a random thought that just crossed my mind. I was reading an email that included a link to another article. Left clicking on the link would open a new tab and take me directly to the article, but being the contrarian I am I always right-click and hit open link in new tab. This allows me to read the article after I have finished reading my other emails. As I was doing this, I was struck by the little arrow continuously circling in the new unopened tabs. The arrow circle just kept going and going and going. No matter how much time passed, the page in those unopened tabs just would not load all the way…..not until I clicked on the actual tab. And my strange thought on this? Well, this is a fine example of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle and the existence of the Quantum Field. Why you ask? Because the page did not truly exist until I looked at it directly. I had to observe the tab before the article materialized. Intriguing. Curious. Strange. Have a glorious day!