Terrific: Psychiatrists want to promote the party drug ketamine to treat depression, whose only real cure is spiritual

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This one is going to get me in trouble with a lot of you, and it’s surely going to inspire a lot of angry comments from social media followers who don’t read the piece but just react to the headline.

I get that a lot.

So for those of you who are actually reading, I’ll be clear on this once again: I don’t dispute that chemical imbalances are a part of depression, nor do I dispute that psychiatric drugs can mitigate the effects of the imbalance.

In fact, I know from the personal experience of someone very close to me that all of this is true.

But I also know this: These chemical imbalances, like so many other infirmities, are the physical manifestation of spiritual attacks. They can be ended under the authority of Jesus Christ if the person being attacked understands how to submit to that same authority.

The psychiatric community understands none of this, of course, so they want to give the notorious party drug ketamine to depression sufferers, in what can only be described as the worst idea since the firing of Ernie Harwell:

Ketamine has been called the biggest thing to happen to psychiatry in 50 years, due to its uniquely rapid and sustained antidepressant effects. It improves symptoms in as little as 30 minutes, compared with weeks or even months for existing antidepressants, and is effective even for the roughly one third of patients with so-called treatment-resistant depression

Although there are multiple theories, researchers do not quite know how ketamine combats depression. Now, new research has uncovered a mechanism that may, in part, explain ketamine’s antidepressant properties. Two studies, recently published in Nature, describe a distinctive pattern of neural activity that may drive depression in a region called the lateral habenula (LHb); Ketamine, in turn, blocks this activity in depression-prone rats.

Originally licensed as an anesthetic in 1970, ketamine has since gained fame as a party drug for causing out-of-body experiences, hallucinations and other psychosislike effects. Its antidepressant properties in humans were discovered almost 20 years ago. Ketamine does not directly influence the same chemical messengers as standard antidepressants such as serotonin but rather works via interaction with another chemical, glutamate—not usually associated with mood but rather with brain plasticity. One prominent idea about how it alleviates depression is by promoting the growth of new neural connections. “We provide a new angle for people to think about how this drug works,” says neuroscientist Hailan Hu of Zhejiang University in China, leader of the team that conducted both studies. If she is right, her group may have identified multiple new lines of attack for treating a condition the World Health Organization calls the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Both new studies probe the workings of the LHb, a small, central brain region that acts like the dark twin of the brain’s reward centers by processing unexpectedly unpleasant events. For example, if an animal has been trained to expect food when reaching the end of a maze and the reward is not there, the LHb activates, signaling a discrepancy between expectation and outcome. This has led to the LHb being dubbed the key part of a “disappointment circuit.” If the LHb is overactive, it could suppress rewards from normally pleasurable activities—a symptom known as anhedonia—leading to long-term apathy and hopelessness. Studies in animals suggest hyperactivity in the LHb contributes to depression, but the details have been murky.

So these psychiatrists want to put a whole bunch more ketamine on the streets and in the hands of people already susceptible to depression and all of the self-sabotaging behavior that goes along with it.

This is exactly the sort of thing that’s led to the current opioid crisis in this country, as the drug quickly winds up in the hands of people who want to use it to get high rather than to use it for the treatment doctors proscribe.

But let’s talk first about the impact this could have on depression sufferers themselves. Ketamine is known for causing out-of-body experiences and hallucinations among partiers. Things you envision during experiences like this don’t come from nowhere. They come from within the subconscious, which the very part of you where the spiritual attacks are ongoing.

Demonic antagonists speak and project all notions and images into your subconscious, and for the most part you react to them unknowingly because your ordinary consciousness is focused on the things right in front of you. When you take a party drug like ketamine, you neutralize your consciousness and lift the veil on much of this stuff. It was always in your subconscious, but now it’s come front and center and you’re fully aware of it.

In other words, ketamine doesn’t create the imagery or the experience. It merely makes you aware of its presence.

That’s why this whole business about “promoting the growth of new neural connections” is so fraught with peril. The neural connections God gave us are perfectly sufficient for the job, and the people pushing this drug have no idea what kinds of unnatural forces they will unleash with this attempt to get around the chemical imbalances that are not really the crux of the problem to begin with.

Depression results from an attack by a spirit of heaviness, which is identified in Isaiah 61:3. The spirit of heaviness seeks to convince you that there is a black cloud over your life and that you can never come out from under it. The proscribed spiritual remedy is praise, which counters the false declarations of this spirit. When you praise God in contradiction to your feelings or your circumstances, you’re refusing to come into agreement with the negative declarations of your attacker and putting yourself under the authority of Christ, who has the power to root out that spirit.

The chemical imbalance behind depression can be permanently corrected via the spiritual authority of Christ, because it got there in the first place as a manifestation of that spiritual attack.

I realize there are psychiatric professionals who are furious at me for saying all this, because they’re going to insist I’m not qualified to talk about their profession. But I’m not talking about their profession. I’m talking about what happens after we get beyond the limits of their profession. All they understand is now to use chemicals to alter brain activity. They don’t understand the spiritual underpinnings of any of this, and they would probably try to tell you there is no evidence any such spiritual underpinnings exist.

The truth is they simply have no frame of reference for understanding that evidence. You shouldn’t be blind to it because their training doesn’t prepare them to deal with it. Everything they know is not everything there is to know.

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