DEPRESSION TREATMENTS IN WA
Major Breakthrough in Depression Treatment
Sometimes it is easy to lose hope when everything you have tried to alleviate your depression has failed.
There is still hope! Don’t give up, contact us today to talk about advanced treatment options for depression and see if Spravato is right for you.
For the first time in 30 years, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for depression, designating it as a “breakthrough therapy.” The drug, called Spravato (esketamine), is the first prescription nasal spray, taken with an oral antidepressant, for:
- Adults with treatment-resistant depression (TRD)
- Adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) that have suicidal thoughts or actions
Initial treatment involves administering the medication by nasal spray twice weekly for the first four weeks and then once weekly for the next four weeks. The need for and frequency of ongoing maintenance treatment is determined following the initial eight-week period. If Spravato is effective for you, improvement in symptoms may be seen within the first few treatments.
Spravato is covered by most insurance companies and our staff will help you get authorization for treatment if it is decided that Spravato is right for you.
Spravato must be given in an approved Spravato Treatment Center. Once applied, you will require 2 hours of medical monitoring before you are allowed to go home. You cannot drive for the rest of the day after receiving the treatment, therefore it is important that you arrange someone to drive you to your treatments.
At Shifa Health, our mission is to prevent and decrease suffering and improve your mental wellbeing by providing cutting edge, evidence based mental health services. We strive to improve the lives of our patients, and that is why we have gone through all the necessary requirements to become a fully certified Spravato Treatment Center.
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I’m extremely grateful to have found Spravato through Shifa Health. I’ve been in treatment for major depression for two decades, and have been prescribed over 20 different psychiatric medications over the years. This past summer, my depression got much worse. I didn’t care about living anymore. I was so close to giving up.
Trying Spravato was a little scary, but no scarier than the dark place I was already in. During my first session, I laughed hard and cried hard – for me it was a huge flood of emotions. Later that night I had a jarring new thought. Maybe a brighter future was actually possible?!? I would NEVER have thought that before. I was skeptical but curious.
My treatments sometimes posed questions or brought up old issues that needed addressing. Every time is at least somewhat unique, and it’s been best trying not to have expectations.
As the weeks went on, my mood improved and stabilized. I smile and laugh much more. After 3-1/2 months, I’m at a good baseline. Overall my improvement has been dramatic and seems pretty stable. My spouse, parents, and friends say I look and sound happier. Most importantly, I no longer wish to leave this life. My future is 100% brighter than before Spravato.
I feel especially supported during my treatments by Amanda, my Spravato Tech, who stays with me to be sure everything goes safely and smoothly. Everyone at Shifa is caring. I know many of them worked hard with my insurance to get this treatment approved. Thank you!
~Anonymous for privacy-3/1/2021