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Depression, Suicide, and Ketamine Usage
September 12, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Presenter: Howard Wishnie, M.D.
Ketamine, initially used as a veterinary anesthetic, has become a medication used in human cases of refractory depression. While some training programs are setting up clinical research programs, a number of physicians have established clinical practices using Ketamine. This presentation will focus upon Ketamine’s effect on CNS neurotransmitters and brain centers that seem involved with depression, as well as the need for psychological integration of the Ketamine experience.
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