Psst... there’s an audio version of this story. Upgrade to listen

The Party Drug That Could Help Stop Depression

The anesthetic ketamine receives official FDA approval to treat depression. Is the tradeoff worth it?

Credit: Florian Gaertner/Getty Images Plus

TThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 5 approved a form of ketamine to be prescribed for treatment-resistant depression. The drug, called esketamine, is administered as a nasal spray and is the first…