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Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs Chair Senator David Richards and Deputy Chair Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu at a news conference releasing the committee’s report on the need for psychedelic-assisted therapy for veterans on Nov. 8, 2023 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada owes its veterans new mental health tools: Access to psychedelic therapies is overdue

One in seven Canadian veterans is living with PTSD. Developing a psychedelics research program for veterans should be a public health priority.
Ketamine is an anesthetic that must be administered carefully and by a health care professional. Jeniffer Fontan/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Ketamine can rapidly reduce symptoms of PTSD and depression, new study finds

The analysis shows that ketamine may start relieving symptoms of PTSD within one day, but it is still unclear how long the effects last and how many injections are needed to maintain benefits.
A depressive episode traps the patient in a negative view of the world around them. KieferPix/Shutterstock

How does ketamine help fight depressive beliefs?

Approximately 280 million people in the world suffer for depression. Despite this, the disorder remains poorly explained and is often difficult to treat. Ketamine could offer an innovative approach.
Some of the positive photos used in the study were similar to this one – a group of smiling strangers. Luis Alvarez/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Ketamine paired with looking at smiling faces to build positive associations holds promise for helping people with treatment-resistant depression

In a new study, a single infusion of the antidepressant – along with repeated exposure to positive imagery – significantly reduced symptoms in depressed patients in a clinical trial.

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