Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (Physician Assistant)

Department

Physician Assistant; College of Health Sciences

First Advisor

Elizabeth Masten

Abstract

Depression is a disease that effects millions of patients and has a variety of symptoms. It is primarily defined by depressed mood and anhedonia. The first line treatment for depression is SSRI medications. These medications have several side effects and are not effective for a large number of patients. Therefore, this study was done to review ketamine as a new treatment option for depression and see how it compares to a placebo.

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Ketamine vs Placebo for Depression

Depression is a disease that effects millions of patients and has a variety of symptoms. It is primarily defined by depressed mood and anhedonia. The first line treatment for depression is SSRI medications. These medications have several side effects and are not effective for a large number of patients. Therefore, this study was done to review ketamine as a new treatment option for depression and see how it compares to a placebo.

 
 

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