Ketamine shows promise for fast-acting help with depression, suicidal thoughts: Study

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Ketamine, often associated with street drug “Special-K” and also a hospital-grade anesthetic, could be a breakthrough, fast-acting therapy for major depression in a nasal spray form, according to a new study.

People with depression are 20 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population. Standard antidepressants prescribed can take four to six weeks to take effect, leaving those with severe depression vulnerable at a time of need. Even worse, those with severe depressive symptoms or judged to be at high immediate suicide risk are often left out of clinical trials for anti-depressant medications.

But a small “proof …read more