#Date-rape #drug used to treat #depression for Mount Horeb man


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MOUNT HOREB (WKOW) — Alan Ferguson was diagnosed with depression when he was 18 years old. He battled dangerous thoughts for decades and was about consider suicide when he tried a new treatment that changed his life.

“My whole life, I mean as far back as I can remember,” he said as he recalled his life with depression.

Ferguson said he tried just about every pill and treatment on the market to treat depression but nothing ever worked.

“By May of this year, I was pretty much in a full-blown crisis. I had made a decision to end things,” he said.

He called his sister the night before and had a change of heart. He decided to give a new treatment a shot, to see if it could change things.

“I wasn’t worried about trying something I had never tried before. I was worried about trying something else that wasn’t going to work,” said Ferguson as he spoke with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta for a segment that aired on Outfront with Erin Burnett.

The treatment is Ketamine, an anesthetic that is also illegally used as a date-rape drug. Doctors are now using it across the nation as a treatment option for those who suffer from depression.

“It’s just an IV and the infusion takes about 40 minutes,” said Ferguson.

He receives a weekly infusion for six weeks and saw the difference overnight.

“When I woke up Saturday morning, there were no thoughts of ‘I need to be dead.’ It was real noticeable to me that my constant companion was no longer there,” said Ferguson. “It gave me a life I never had, a life I never knew was possible.”

Ferguson hasn’t thought of hurting himself since his treatments that he received in Milwaukee. He is now getting treated by a psychologist in Madison.

He hopes by sharing his story, he can inspire others to start talking about mental health, especially in his Mount Horeb community that’s seen multiple youth suicides this summer.

“Unless we talk about it openly, more people will continue to carry that with them,” said Ferguson.

Ketamine being used as a treatment for depression is still going through trials to be federally approved. It costs $495 per treatment and is not covered by insurance.

Source: http://www.wkow.com/story/38811028/2018/08/Saturday/date-rape-drug-used-to-treat-depression-for-mount-horeb-man


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