Coming Back to Life with Mindbloom: A Client Story
We had the chance to sit down (virtually) with Mindbloom client Dana, a mother, wife, and working professional to talk about her healing journey with Mindbloom.
Dana’s story is a beautiful reminder of the real lives and real people that ketamine therapy helps. From finding progress where existing medications had come up short, to rediscovering her passion and playfulness with herself and her family, Dana’s story is remarkable.
Some responses have been edited for clarity and flow.
Can you share what your mental health was like before starting Mindbloom?
I was in a very rough place, probably the worst I've ever experienced.
I've had issues with depression and the like since I was a kid, and this time it took me down big time. It affected my family, my job, and every aspect of my life. I was at the point where I couldn't even leave my house. I found a traditional psychiatrist who started on medication for depression, and it helped a little bit but didn’t last.
I was on a roller coaster of briefly feeling good before more disappointment. I tried multiple medications but everything I tried ended up petering out. Unbeknownst to me, my friend ran a GoFundMe for ketamine for me and signed me up for Mindbloom. She went to the point of setting up my account because I was so reluctant. She's like, “If you're not going to help yourself, I'm going to help you.”
How did you feel when making the decision to start Mindbloom?
I was scared. I kept thinking this was not the path that I wanted to go down. Which now looking back seems absolutely ridiculous.
But it was part of my journey. Had my friend not purchased Mindbloom for me, I would be just reeling around in my life. Instead, today I’m in a place where I’m working to put my life back together.
What was your experience during your first sessions?
For me, it was like a mini mindful vacation. You get the opportunity to relax and be with yourself. Be one with your thoughts and have no interruptions.
That's something that most people don't get. Especially when you're a mom, you don't get time alone to even have half a thought. To have that time when my husband shut the door and said, Mom is inaccessible till four o'clock, was really, really magical.
It allowed me to think about and bring up things that I needed to address for a long time. Not necessarily with other people, but with myself. To be able to process and let go of things.
What are some of your favorite aspects of the Mindbloom program?
I think the guides and the integration circles are what makes Mindbloom’s program so effective.
I don't think I would have made this much progress in such a short time if I had just taken ketamine alone.
What is your life like now after your first Mindbloom program?
After my treatment, my husband immediately noticed that there were sparks of my personality coming back. Now I can joke around again and be a smart ass if the moment arises (none of that was happening before!).
Mindbloom was the turning point for me. I started feeling good enough that I even went off of other antidepressants I was taking.
I still have days where I'm still not feeling like myself, but I'm slowly rebuilding and making myself and my life a priority again.
Every aspect of your life takes work and requires maintenance and upgrades. And if you're not tending to them, everything nosedives: your marriage, your relationship with your children, your relationship with your coworkers, your ability to even function in any of those capacities.
What would you say to someone who is considering Mindbloom?
I would say that if somebody has the means to pay for it, they should do it.
I know they might be hesitant because of timing or kid commitments, but it is definitely possible. I know single moms who have been able to do Mindbloom.
I'm lucky that I have a husband. I'm thankful I have a very supportive mother-in-law and mother. There are people out there who want to see us get better and are willing to help.
Being scared is just a mindset that we've created for ourselves based on our own assumptions.
I can tell you Mindbloom is not scary. It's enjoyable and I didn't have any of the out-of-body experiences or anything. I just felt relaxed.
Anything else you think we should share with others?
Yes, a few things:
First, check out the Facebook Community. There you can see real, everyday people who are having great success with ketamine.
Second, if you're playing the prescription roulette game, Mindbloom is definitely a game changer.
I have yet to see somebody say, “This just didn't work out.” I've seen a lot more people have success with this than with anything else available right now.
Third, I think the value of the Mindbloom program is worth mentioning again. I know there are other options out there but they don't come with the guides or the integration circles. For a while, I needed that extra support and was in an integration circle multiple times a week.
I can't honestly say that ketamine alone would have created this journey.
If you are considering ketamine therapy or Mindbloom’s programming, you can take our client eligibility survey to see if you are a candidate.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment. If you are in a life-threatening situation, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at +1 (800) 273-8255, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.
Ketamine is not FDA-approved for the treatment of depression or anxiety. Learn more about off-label uses here.
Side effects of ketamine treatment may include: altered sense of time, anxiety, blurred vision, diminished ability to see/hear/feel, dry mouth, elevated blood pressure or heart rate, elevated intraocular or intracranial pressure, excitability, loss of appetite, mental confusion, nausea/vomiting, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), restlessness, slurred speech, synesthesia (a mingling of the senses).
Do not proceed with ketamine treatment if any of the following apply to you:
- Allergic to ketamine
- Symptoms of psychosis or mania
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- CHF or other serious heart problem
- Severe breathing problem
- History of elevated intraocular or intracranial pressure
- History of hyperthyroidism
- Other serious medical illness
- Pregnant, nursing, or trying to become pregnant
Ketamine has been reported to produce issues including, but not limited to, those listed below. However, lasting adverse side-effects are rare when medical protocols are carefully followed.
While ketamine has not been shown to be physically addictive, it has been shown to cause moderate psychological dependency in some recreational users.
- In rare cases, frequent, heavy users have reported increased frequency of urination, urinary incontinence, pain urinating, passing blood in the urine, or reduced bladder size
- Ketamine may worsen problems in people with schizophrenia, severe personality disorders, or other serious mental disorders.
- Users with a personal or family history of psychosis should be cautious using any psychoactive substance, including ketamine, and discuss potential risks with your MindBloom® clinician before proceeding with treatment.
- The dissociative effects of ketamine may increase patient vulnerability and the risk of accidents.
To promote positive outcomes and ensure safety, follow these ketamine treatment guidelines:
- Do not operate a vehicle (e.g., car, motorcycle, bicycle) or heavy machinery following treatment until you’ve had a full night of sleep
- Refrain from taking benzodiazepines or stimulants for 24 hours prior to treatment
- Continue to take antihypertensive medication as prescribed
- Avoid hangovers or alcohol intake
- Refrain from consuming solid foods within 3 hours prior to treatment and liquids within 1 hour prior to treatment
- Ketamine treatment should never be conducted without a monitor present to ensure your safety