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The Future of Fast-Acting Depression Medication

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The Future of Fast-Acting Depression Medication

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The Future of Fast-Acting Depression Medication

The Future of Fast-Acting Depression Medication

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Depression medication usually takes weeks to kick in, but one drug, ketamine, starts working in hours. New research published this week in the journal Biological Psychiatry, says that scientists have a better idea of how the drug, also used as an anesthetic, may be affecting the brain.

Thomas Insel, director, National Institute of Mental Health