Hi, everybody. I'm Hannah.
My history with mental illness is a long and storied one — I have suffered from depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember, and have been prescribed five different antidepressants and two different anxiety medications, all to no avail. I am currently seeing a therapist, but my situation is dire, and at this point I need to supplement my therapy with medication in order to survive. I've long been interested in the use of ketamine therapy on patients with treatment-resistant depression, or patients who do not respond to typical antidepressants, but as it is not FDA-approved this treatment tends to be prohibitively expensive. I've found a clinic in Chicago that is able to partially bill insurance for services like IV insertion, but a course of treatment still costs approximately $1600 — $250 per session over a course of six sessions and two weeks, plus the cost of an initial consultation.
This treatment would literally save my life. I struggle with suicidal feelings frequently, and my depression interferes with my ability to function in my daily life, preventing me from even taking measures that could make it more manageable.
Thank you all so much.