Tyler Baltierra of ‘Teen Mom’ began ketamine therapy to treat depression.

After being introduced to Tyler Baltierra and Catelynn Baltierra on the MTV series 16 and Pregnant, fans have been able to follow their journey as a couple on Teen Mom and now Teen Mom OG. Viewers have seen them through many things, including Tyler’s drug issues and their first child being adopted. They also went through miscarriages, depression, and a split.

They have been open with viewers about the good and bad times.

In Episode 14 that aired on Sept. 14, Tyler shared that he lives with depression and explained that he was looking into trying ketamine treatments to help. This is the route Tyler wanted to go, and fans are curious how it works. Continue reading to learn how ketamine works in treating severe depression and other mental disorders.

Tyler Baltierra, a Teen Mom cast member, will benefit from ketamine to treat his depression.

In Episode 14 of Teen Mom OG, Catelynn talked about how she was worried about her husband’s mental health. She said, “When I’m pregnant I can’t help but think about the past: the adoption, miscarriages, and postpartum. I also know a lot of feelings bubble up for Tyler as well, especially his insecurities as a dad because he had a tough childhood.” She also disclosed that Tyler has bipolar disorder.

Catelynn shared, “When I was pregnant with Vaeda, Tyler was diagnosed bipolar. He’s looked into a few uncommon treatments. For many years, Tyler was angry with his dad. Sometimes it prevents him from believing he’s a good dad to our daughters. Tyler has been on the lookout for a new treatment that will help him feel better about himself.”

Tyler told his wife that he doesn’t want to feel happy one minute and then feel like he isn’t worthy enough to raise his own children the next.

Tyler talks to Catelyn about wanting to try ketamine treatments.

Tyler feels that maybe ketamine therapy could help him figure out some things, and help him get better.

According to WebMD, ketamine comes in many forms. The kind that’s FDA-approved to take as medication for depression is a nasal spray called esketamine and is given to those who have a major depressive disorder, are suicidal, or for those who haven’t improved using other anti-depression medication. Patients receive the nasal spray twice a week for a while, then once a week.

Then they only get it once every week or two. Doctors can also administer a ketamine IV or a shot in the arm. Per Yale Medicine, ketamine therapy works by triggering glutamate production, which stimulates the brain to form new neural connections in a “complex, cascading series of events. This makes the brain more adaptable and able to create new pathways and gives patients the opportunity to develop more positive thoughts and behaviors.”

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