Infrastructure for Optimal Wellbeing by Lori Calabrese, MD | The Ketamine Blog
Optimal Wellbeing. Something we all strive for, right? Something we wish for. But it’s so hard to achieve. Even so, we keep trying…and trying. But here’s what we’re talking about… We’re not trying to portray a utopia but rather ways to improve your thinking to help sustain the good sense of wellbeing you may have gained after your ketamine treatment. We want to help you build infrastructure for optimal wellbeing.
Look at it this way. Sometimes when you’re depressed for a prolonged period of time as in …maybe …years…? It colors the way you see everything. And it’s human nature to try to fit your philosophies of life to the way you feel. The result is a mindset that may pull you back into depression.
So it’s extremely important to your recovery and remission to learn to think about things differently in a way that supports a brighter outlook on life.
Because, while most psychiatric disorders have genetic links, the symptoms can be worsened by counterproductive, if not destructive, thinking patterns. To live well, with hope and continued initiative, just may require that you change your mind.
So the basis upon which you base your approach and reactions to life can undermine your progress …or spur it forward.
In these articles about optimal wellbeing you’ll read about facing the truth about your own motives and intents. You’ll also read about nurturing an attitude of gratitude to cultivate your own wellbeing.
There’s information for applying the science of happiness and the science of joy in your life, and for developing and using persistence. Things like this constitute your personal infrastructure that will support you with resilience in the face of challenges going forward.
And this infrastructure for optimal wellbeing can help your remission stand strong. Which makes life better all the way around.
See you inside.
Eat a diet that supports your positive mood and mental health. We’ve talked about the microbiome, or “second brain,” and how we can weaken or strengthen it with what we eat. We’ve talked about eating fresh vegetables of all colors. And how fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickles, kimchee, and kombucha introduce healthful organisms into our […]
If you struggle with bipolar disorder, and the symptoms that seem to dominate your life, it may help you to know that many psychiatric disorders don’t really come with a list of predictable symptoms. If you have times when you’re short-tempered, highly energetic, sure of yourself, and quick to argue, you may have a mood […]
Time magazine recently offered a Special Edition on mental health… Did you see it? The article about depression treatment – and ketamine specifically – by Mandy Oaklander published in July 2017, was reprinted for this special edition. The title of the special edition is “A New Understanding”…but since the article Oaklander wrote is two years old, […]
A new study finds that a nasal spray formulated from the anesthetic ketamine is a safe, fast-acting and effective treatment for treatment-resistant depression. Researchers presented the findings this week at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. Esketamine, the intranasal formulation of ketamine, recently received FDA approval as a depression treatment when used with an oral antidepressant, based […]
Johnson & Johnson patented a form of the psychedelic with less research and a ridiculous price tag. In a popular and public move, the United States’ Federal Drug Administration recently approved intranasal esketamine, one of the components of the psychedelic ketamine, for treatment-resistant depression. The nasal spray costs nearly $900 per dose—or roughly $7,000 for the first month […]
I just returned from the American Psychiatric Association’s 2019 Conference in San Francisco. This is the 175th Anniversary of the APA, and look how far we’ve come. The theme this year was: Revitalize Psychiatry – Disrupt – Include – Engage – Innovate. and it certainly provided fodder toward those goals. It was an informative and […]
“Though I am often in the depth of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony, and music inside me.” —Vincent Van Gogh May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and I’ve been thinking about how to disrupt the stigma of “mental illness.” It’s a term I don’t like – but it’s still used throughout the world, […]
We celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday. What was it like for you? We truly hope you enjoyed a day of love and hugs as you celebrated with your children. But if you’re a mom who has lost a child, and especially if you’ve lost a child by suicide, this is a day that reminds you of […]
Originally published in Brain & Behavior Magazine, July 2017 An important discovery has been made at the University of Pittsburgh. It raises the prospect that there may be an entirely new way of relieving major depression in people who repeatedly have failed to respond to existing treatments—people at elevated risk for suicide whose lives are often unrelentingly dark […]
No Wonder Treatment Resistance Has Been Such a Mystery! Clue: Look in the Cerebral Spinal Fluid! A man in his forties, Greg had never experienced life without depression. Treating mood disorders didn’t seem to be his psychiatrist’s forte. (Oh boy…) At least not in his case. Every accomplishment, every failure, struggled for expression beneath the […]