Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. Symptoms of depression are Feelings of sadness, emptiness, angry outbursts, Sleep disturbances, Changes in appetite, Anxiety, Trouble thinking, making decisions etc.
14% of Israelis, as well as 14% of the world’s total population, suffer from clinical depression. In addition, 3-5% of teenagers suffer from depression.
To diagnosis Depression various tests like Physical test, Lab tests, Psychological test, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) can be conducted. Medications and psychological counseling (psychotherapy) are very effective for most people with depression. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), Norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs), Atypical antidepressants etc. antidepressant drugs can be used.
Israeli psychiatrists have started using ketamine as part of the medical treatment for depression and chronic pain. This follows a series of studies worldwide that found it to be effective and very fast at treating manic depression and suicidal tendencies without significant side effects.