KETAMINE FOR ANXIETY IN
Do you have a social phobia, or an intense fear of being around people? Fortunately, for people who suffer from intense anxiety caused by social situations, ketamine infusion therapy works very well to reduce social anxiety symptoms. In fact, most anxiety disorders respond quite well to ketamine treatment.
IV ketamine also relieves the symptoms of separation anxiety disorder, a chronic condition where separation from a loved one may lead to panic attacks. While we often associate this condition with children, separation anxiety also affects many adults.
Ketamine infusion is an excellent OCD treatment and PTSD treatment. Obsessive compulsive disorder is very closely related to panic disorder, as is PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
It makes perfect sense that if ketamine treatment works well for generalized anxiety disorder that it would also work well for related conditions. For people who have occasional anxiety, or severe anxiety, a series of infusions can help to improve psychological and physical symptoms.
WHAT OTHER MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS DOES IV KETAMINE INFUSION THERAPY PROVIDE SYMPTOM RELIEF FOR?
This effective treatment method helps with suicidal ideation, reducing suicidal thoughts, and reducing the risk of self-harm. It also works especially well for treatment resistant depression.
Additionally, IV ketamine works to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain and neuropathic pain. Infusion therapy patients are able to function much better after receiving a series of ketamine infusion treatments.
While ketamine works well for a wide variety of health issues, anxiety is a particularly important condition, because current anxiety medications on the market, particularly benzodiazepines, can be toxic to the brain with long-term use. It is refreshing to have new alternatives, such as ketamine.
One major benefit of ketamine therapy is that patients benefit from a limited number of treatments. They do not have to take medication every day or return for infusions indefinitely.
In fact, many existing anxiety medications can cause substance-induced anxiety disorder, rebound anxiety, or withdrawal anxiety. Ketamine can help to reduce adverse reactions caused by prescription medications, such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anxiolytics.
WILL MY ANXIETY GO AWAY WITH THE FIRST IV INFUSION TREATMENT?
Many patients experience a noticeable reduction in their anxiety levels after the first treatment. A series of six (6) ketamine IV therapies over a two-to-three week period is necessary to achieve remission from symptoms.
In addition to ketamine infusion therapy, ketamine clinics offer ketamine-assisted therapy where patients meet with a therapist to better understand the underlying reason for their anxiety and work to develop real world solutions.
Generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder are often rooted in past traumas. Physical trauma, or emotional trauma, from early childhood or early adulthood, may explain anxiety experienced later in life.
A therapist can help a patient, in between ketamine sessions, to determine what caused their anxiety disorder, and what they can do to address it. Therapy by itself is often limited, but combined with the brain-healing effect of the ketamine infusion protocol, ketamine-assisted therapy can help patients to make huge strides in overcoming anxiety.
In addition to therapy, there are other medical procedures that can compliment, and enhance the results of treatment. For example, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe, non-invasive treatment that can be provided simultaneously with ketamine infusion.
HOW DOES TMS WORK TOGETHER WITH KETAMINE?
TMS is a groundbreaking medical treatment that works by delivering electrical currents to specific regions of the brain, deep below the surface. TMS uses magnetic induction, so it is much safer than the older ECT.
By itself, TMS can be effective for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) when delivered to deeper brain structures. It is also effective in treating depression.
Generalized anxiety disorder, and other anxiety disorders, are often complicated by depression. OCD is a condition exacerbated by heightened levels of anxiety.
Patients often present with multiple issues surrounding their anxiety. They may have PTSD, OCD, or depression, or any combination of trauma-related mental health conditions.
TMS, in combination with ketamine infusion, can make a difference. TMS, ketamine, and focused psychotherapy can be highly successful where other therapies have failed.
KETAMINE INFUSION IS AN IV THERAPY FOR ANXIETY THAT WORKS QUICKLY, EFFECTIVELY, AND WITH MINIMAL CONCERN OVER SIDE EFFECTS.
Now is the time to consider ketamine therapy for anxiety. Ketamine for anxiety works, and it is safer than many existing anxiety medications.
During the past few years, we have learned that traditional anxiolytic drugs, such as benzodiazepines, are neurotoxic, leaving many patients with long-term protracted withdrawal symptoms. Ketamine infusion is both a safer, and more effective alternative.
During the rise and fall of benzodiazepines, which were once thought to be safe, and now are known to be unsafe for long-term use, ketamine has been there all along, proving its safety and reliability. For many decades, doctors have used ketamine safely as an anesthetic agent.
In 2020, the FDA ordered benzodiazepine manufacturers to update their literature, adding black box warnings to inform doctors about the serious dangers associated with these drugs. To this day, since ketamine was approved by the FDA under the brand name Ketalar in 1970, it continues not have a black box warning.
If ketamine is such a safe treatment for anxiety, why don’t doctors use it more often to help their patients? One reason is that anxiety treatment with IV ketamine is considered to be off-label. Another reason is that ketamine infusion, the gold standard, must be administered in a specialized ketamine clinic.
Many doctors find it easier to write a quick prescription for medications they are familiar with. They write prescriptions for Prozac, Paxil, Xanax, Klonopin, and many others.
These doctors do not consider recent evidence that these drugs are neither safe nor effective for long-term use, in many cases. IV therapy for anxiety, using ketamine infusion, is a superior treatment compared to many existing medical protocols.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO GET KETAMINE FOR ANXIETY TREATMENT?
The best place to get ketamine infusion therapy, the gold standard of all ketamine treatments, is in a high-quality ketamine clinic environment. There are no safe alternatives to medically supervised treatment.
You may be hesitant to make an appointment because doctor’s offices are stressful places. But, visiting a ketamine clinic does not have to cause an increase in anxiety levels.
A well-designed program will make patient comfort their top priority. From the moment you walk in the door, to your medical therapy, to the time you leave and go home, clinic staff must ensure that you are comfortable, without any cause for stress, throughout the process.
If you have concerns before your appointment, simply call the clinic ahead for assistance. They can explain each step of the process to you in detail, and they can help to reassure you that there is nothing to fear when visiting a ketamine infusion clinic.
You may have considered going to a ketamine treatment program, but you have put it off because you do not fully understand what it is like to get infusion therapy. IV ketamine infusion can only help with your anxiety when you make the decision to get started.
If you live in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington D.C. Metro Area, please call us for more information. We would be happy to help you get started with the ketamine for anxiety treatment experience.