December 16, 2018

Mental health

A new class of drugs to treat depression

I think this should be investigated as another tool in the mental health toolkit.

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I recently read a compelling article in the New York Times with a rather provocative title: Can We Stop Suicides? The author, Moises Velasquez-Manoff, also wrote an earlier piece in Wired on the same subject: Ketamine Stirs up Hope—and Controversy—as a Depression Drug, which I found even more interesting, as I have been following this particular topic for 5 years (not sure how I missed the Wired piece!). I’m somewhat optimistic that there is, indeed, a role for ketamine in the treatment of depression, perhaps drug-resistant depression, but nevertheless, I think this should be investigated as another tool in the mental health toolkit.

I recently revisited some of my own thoughts about “new” compounds that could play a role in treating depression, trauma, and emotional health when my good friend Tim Ferriss rebroadcasted my first podcast episode with him as a guest. I’ve seen some great feedback from Tim’s fans who were eager to hear him interviewed for a change.

– Peter

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