Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic with various mechanisms of action and binds to multiple receptors in the brain. There are various ketamine treatment methods being used, let’s look at the two most popular.
Regarding depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and chronic anxiety, these mental health disorders are all thought to be due to the destructive effect of continual stress on the brain, leading to neuronal damage and the creation of maladaptive neural activity and abnormal thought patterns indicative of these disorders.
How Ketamine Works
Research suggests that Ketamine can block activation of the NMDA receptor, leading to neuronal plasticity and synaptic growth and repair. These effects lead to the maintenance of healthy neurons and their connections, known as synapses. Ketamine is thought to lead to new neuronal circuits and repair of the healthy neuronal connections that existed in the brain before the patient suffered from depression, PTSD, OCD, or chronic anxiety.
Two Popular Ketamine Treatment Methods
It is easy to see why Ketamine is being used to treat these conditions with research like this. Currently, there are two popular ketamine treatment methods used to administer the drug. The first is a reasonably new method that involves the patient taking a dose of Ketamine at home after filling out some online forms and agreeing to follow some specific guidelines given by a virtual doctor. The Ketamine dose is in the form of a tablet dissolved under the tongue. In addition, the patient must agree to have a person present (a friend or loved one) to ensure their safety.
The other, more traditional method of treatment is Ketamine Infusion Therapy. Here the treatment is administered via IV in a medical setting with the guidance of doctors or nurses. The treatment takes about 40 minutes on average, followed by 45 minutes of relaxation, giving the medication time to wear off.
Each treatment experience may feel different, depending on your mood and what’s on your mind that day. Experienced meditators may find they can achieve a prolonged sense of inner stillness and peace that they have only briefly glimpsed during previous meditation sessions. Although anxiety reactions can occur, these are usually short-lived and become less frequent with repeated treatments.
Tranquility Ketamine Clinic Treatment Method
At Tranquility Ketamine Clinic, medication is given intravenously, using National Institute of Mental Health dosing protocols. These protocols vary depending upon whether you are being treated for mental health or chronic pain syndromes. However, we understand that the NIH dosing protocol was decided upon arbitrarily. Depending on the individual, both up and down dosage adjustments may be necessary for maximum effect and comfort. If the patient experiences more severe or prolonged anxiety reactions in our setting, they will be treated by administering an anxiolytic medication as needed. Nausea may rarely occur and can be treated with anti-nausea medications. We believe our medically trained staff gives an added layer of care, allowing us to address any discomfort or reactions immediately.
As with any treatment, it is essential to evaluate the options available before deciding which treatment method is suitable for you. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or chronic anxiety and would like to learn more about Ketamine Infusion therapy, click here or call 505-639-4973