Who can benefit from ketamine infusions?
Our goal is to safely and quickly achieve remission from Treatment Resistant Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Suicidality. We will work with your medication prescriber and therapist to provide comprehensive mental health care.
Are your thoughts on a “hamster wheel”?
The Default Mode Network refers to an interconnected group of brain structures that are hypothesized to be part of a functional system. The DMN includes areas of the brain which researchers found to have higher activity when the mind was supposed to be at rest. In depression, there is much rumination. Rumination is where you have repetitive thoughts. Those who have depression may replay depressing or sad memories over and over in their mind. This prevents healing and creating room for more positive emotions and memories. This type of circular, overactive thinking occurs in the DMN.
Reducing activity in the DMN can decrease rumination, which in turn can reduce depressed feelings. Ketamine reduces the functional activity in the DMN! The connectivity of the DMN along with another portion of the brain, the dorsal nexus, was decreased after ketamine infusions . So ketamine can effectively turn down the overactive areas in our mind, which can lead to an improved mood.
Ketamine for Depression
Major depressive disorder, or what we commonly refer to as depression, is a complex disease with a wide range of presentations. Symptoms vary from individual to individual, but the illness is generally characterized by persistent mood changes which are often accompanied by behavioral changes as well. More specifically, symptoms of depression can include any of the following: General “depressed” or lowered mood, including sadness or numbness, loss of interest in hobbies and activities, lack of motivation and energy, sleep disruptions, including insomnia, weight gain, and trouble with cognitive tasks including concentration. Treatment Resistant Depression is defined as a case of depression that doesn’t respond to two different antidepressants from different classes.
Ketamine has been found to relieve the symptoms of depression in some cases within hours, rather than the usual weeks most antidepressants can take. While each clients’ conditions are different, studies show greater than 70% of clients find relief through Ketamine. We invite you to give us a call today or request a free consultation to learn more about this exciting new treatment.
Ketamine for Anxiety
The occasional bout of anxiety is a normal part of life. Some people experience anxiety more frequently, they might feel intense and persistent fear or worry over daily situations. This is considered an anxiety disorder. People with anxiety disorders can have panic attacks very suddenly. While the causes of anxiety are not completely understood, we do know that many are triggered by traumatic experiences. These can include the death of a loved one, abuse, and even accidents. Anxiety disorders can be inherited, and some people are more prone to developing them.
Some develop these disorders as a result of medical conditions as well. Some medical causes include Heart Disease, Diabetes, Hyperthyroidism, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma, Drug Abuse, Alcohol, and Pain.
Ketamine has been found to relieve the symptoms of major anxiety in some cases within hours. While each clients’ conditions are different, studies show greater than 70% of clients find relief through Ketamine. We invite you to give us a call today or request a free consultation to learn more about this exciting
Ketamine for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder, more commonly referred to as PTSD, is a serious mental health condition. It is often triggered by a traumatic event that was either seen or experienced first hand. People who have this disorder are often haunted by the terrifying event. They often report feeling as if they were experiencing the trauma, even when they are in a safe place. Many people who go through a traumatic event will need some time to adjust. People with post-traumatic stress disorder can develop symptoms that last for months or even years. Over time daily functions can start to decline if treatment is not found.
PTSD symptoms can start as early as a month after the traumatic event, but can sometimes take years to develop. These symptoms could cause problems with work, relationships, and social interactions if gone without proper treatment. Clients with PTSD often report these symptoms: Distressing Memories, Recurrent Nightmares, Flashbacks of the Event, Emotional Distress, Physical Reactions from the Event, Negative Changes in Mood, Insomnia, Overwhelming Guilt, and sometimes Self-destructive Behavior.
Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is a condition that results from chronic or long-term exposure to emotional trauma over which a victim has little or no control and from which there is little or no hope of escape, such as in cases of domestic emotional, physical or sexual abuse; childhood emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
Ketamine has been found to relieve the symptoms of PTSD in some cases within hours, rather than the usual weeks some medications can take. While each clients’ conditions are different, more than 81% of clients find relief from PTSD through Ketamine. We invite you to give us a call today or request a free consultation to learn more about this exciting new treatment
Ketamine for Sucidality
Suicidal thoughts can take over a person’s life. Fortunately, the majority of people preoccupied with suicidal thoughts do not end up following through on their plans, however, even one suicide is one too many. In the US there are 129 suicides completed every single day. Those who don’t take action on these thoughts are still deeply disturbed by them and the individual experiencing them can fixate on different ways they might kill themselves. Many people with suicidal thoughts are suffering from depression or other mood disorders so the recurring thoughts are often accompanied by symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, impaired concentration, and extreme guilt.
In many cases, this type of thinking is linked to an overwhelming situation that the individual feels they cannot cope with and the future looks hopeless. This can range from financial problems to relationship issues. Some people are at higher risk of suicide than others; anyone diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder may experience suicidal thinking more frequently than others. Often the thoughts don’t go away even if the situation which caused the emotional disturbance improves.
Ketamine infusion therapy has been proven to be a very effective suicidal treatment. Results of a 2019 study conducted by Lori Calabrese, a Connecticut psychiatrist, and ketamine provider reveals that ketamine treatments are a safe and effective intervention for clients suffering from suicidal ideation and for those at risk for suicidal behavior. Her study, which included her clients from all walks of life, income, and physical health status, showed that suicidal thoughts were gone in 81% of clients after the third infusion.
If you or a loved one has suicidal thoughts or has been diagnosed with a mood disorder, Ketamine infusions can help to reduce intrusive suicidal thoughts and feelings of self-harm. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of ketamine treatment for suicidal thoughts and mood disorders.
If you or a loved one are in crisis and need urgent help, please call the national suicide helpline 1-800-273-TALK, or the national crisis text line (text MN to 741-741). If there is a danger of someone hurting themselves, call 911 and tell the dispatcher that it is a mental health emergency.
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