Links To And Excerpts From “The role of dissociation in ketamine’s antidepressant effects”

In this post, I link to and excerpt from The role of dissociation in ketamine’s antidepressant effects [PubMed Abstract] [Full-Text HTML] [Full-Text PDF]. Nat Commun. 2020 Dec 22;11(1):6431.

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Ketamine produces immediate antidepressant effects and has inspired research into next-generation treatments. Ketamine also has short term dissociative effects, in which individuals report altered consciousness and perceptions of themselves and their environment. However, whether ketamine’s dissociative side effects are necessary for its antidepressant effects remains unclear. This perspective examines the relationship between dissociative effects and acute and longer-lasting antidepressant response to ketamine and other N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists. Presently, the literature does not support the conclusion that dissociation is necessary for antidepressant response to ketamine. However, further work is needed to explore the relationship between dissociation and antidepressant response at the molecular, biomarker, and psychological levels.

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