Experimental medicines related to ketamine, an anesthetic and club drug, are making progress in clinical tests. Wikipedia hide caption

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George McCann has been diagnosed with a subtype of bipolar disorder called the "fear of harm" profile, and finds that a prescribed dose of ketamine every few days alleviates his symptoms. Michael Rubenstein for NPR hide caption

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A rat neuron before (top) and after (bottom) ketamine treatment. The increased number of orange nodes are restored connections in the rat's brain. Ronald Duman/Yale University hide caption

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