'You're not alone': Desert Sands Ketamine offers a lifeline for people struggling with depression and chronic pain

‘You’re not alone’: Desert Sands Ketamine offers a lifeline for people struggling with depression and chronic pain

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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — Shopping lists and social gatherings are stressful enough. No one wants to deal with depression, anxiety, or chronic pain while on vacation, but sadly, these losses to our mental and physical well-being never take a day off.

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To Desert Sands Ketamine Treatment Center, Dr. Eric Evans partners with patients who struggle to find relief from traditional pharmaceutical offerings, including antidepressants. The clinic administers ketamine by intravenous infusion to treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain. For many, ketamine in this therapeutic setting represents an optimistic new frontier.

“You are not alone in your fight for better mental health,” he said. “We are here, and we are ready to help you.”

Beyond the “winter blues”

People with depression and anxiety may find it difficult to get into the spirit of the holiday season. While not everyone can always be cheerful and bright, feeling especially downhearted at Christmas is often more than the “winter blues.”

Seasonal affective disorder affects millions of Americans each year and is characterized by mood swings, feelings of hopelessness, fatigue, and social withdrawal. Symptoms usually begin in the fall and continue through winter.

Evans said it’s impossible to overstate the impact colder temperatures, reduced sunlight and fewer opportunities to participate in outdoor activities can have on mental health.

“This time of year is particularly difficult for anyone who is already dealing with mental health issues,” he added. “If your current treatment plan isn’t enough to keep your mood and motivation in balance, consider adding ketamine to your toolkit.”

Explore ketamine for pain

Dr. Eric Evans and Shannon Evans, owners of Desert Sands Medical Clinics, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

Winter is also a difficult time for the millions of Americans living with a pain disorder. Chronic pain can occur in almost any part of the body and presents differently depending on the patient. Migraines, complex regional pain syndrome, nerve pain, and arthritis pain all fall under chronic pain.

Pain disorders are exhausting and debilitating, often making even the simplest tasks much more difficult. While ketamine has received a lot of attention in recent years as a breakthrough mental health treatment, Evans said the medical world is only just discovering how beneficial it can be for people dealing with chronic pain. It allows patients to participate more comfortably in daily life while regulating the emotional imbalances that frequently accompany pain disorders.

“Treating their mood disorder was an important part of helping them get their pain under control,” he added. “Ketamine has been amazing in helping people with both issues.”

The Desert Sands Difference

However, patients should not trust just any ketamine supplier for their therapy. Desert Sands Ketamine is recognized as the The Best of Southern Utah, having won silver in the behavioral/mental health treatments category for 2022 and gold in alternative therapies last year. The clinic offers a comfortable, spa-like healing atmosphere with compassionate staff who are dedicated to helping patients achieve the best possible results.

“It’s been nothing short of miraculous for a lot of people in our clinic,” Evans said. “With ketamine, people can wake up in the morning and joy is a possibility for them again.”

Each patient comes to Desert Sands Ketamine with a unique story and a set of issues that they struggle with. As such, the clinic uses a multi-faceted approach to mental health by providing support systems designed to enhance all aspects of well-being, including dietary advice, meditation, massage therapy, relationship counseling and talk therapy.

Real patients, real stories

Desert Sands Ketamine brings hope and healing to people in Southern Utah struggling with treatment-resistant depression and other mental health issues. Many patients have achieved remarkable, even life-changing results.

Interior of Desert Sands Ketamine Treatment Center, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Desert Sands Ketamine Treatment Center, St. George News

After surviving a violent crime, Teresa J. came to Desert Sands Ketamine suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Therapy and traditional medicines were already part of her recovery plan, but they weren’t enough.

“Ketamine and the staff at Desert Sands literally gave me my life back,” she said. “I had terrible trust issues and being in such a vulnerable state scared me, but the care the staff showed me really helped me rebuild my trust in people too. All the staff are amazing , and I’m so thankful.

“Dr. Evans is an amazing person,” said another patient, Jayden S.. “He is kind, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. ‘at Desert Sands.”

For more information or to schedule a free consultation, visit the Desert Sands Ketamine Treatment Center website or call 435-522-5190.

Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.



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