Ketamine could be the new drug for depression that researchers have been looking for
It's been called "the most important discovery in half a century," and for some of the people who have tried ketamine, it may feel that way too. The compound has a reputation as a party drug, but ketamine is increasingly being studied for its potential use as a rapid-fire treatment for depression. In people who live with the disease, thoughts of suicide can strike suddenly and without warning. Fast-acting, successful interventions are hard to come by.