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Ketamine for Anxiety | A New Approach to Anxiety Treatment
Ketamine for anxiety is an appealing new treatment for millions of people struggling with this debilitating disorder. Anxiety affects countless men and women daily, causing straining and often harmful symptoms. Unfortunately, many of these individuals find that their symptoms are resistant to both medication and behavioral therapy. Thankfully, Ketamine therapy provides a new option for those struggling to overcome their anxiety.
Ketamine Wellness NY is a leading provider of this revolutionary treatment. We are dedicated to providing successful anxiety treatments to improve the lives of countless patients. To learn more about Ketamine treatments for anxiety in office or at home, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation. Call us at 516-284-4829 to schedule yours today in the Queens & Long Island areas.
Benefits of Ketamine Therapy
- Relieves anxiety, fatigue, and stress
- Almost instant results
- Targets the psychological causes of anxiety
- Helps the brain rewire and reconnect
- Improves overall mental wellbeing
What Is Ketamine?
Ketamine treatment for anxiety is a relatively new option. However, Ketamine has been around for many decades. As an anesthetic, Ketamine is very popular because it does not affect the respiratory system. The synthetic drug continues to be used today in veterinary medicine and emergency rooms. Now Ketamine finds itself on the front lines of mental health as a successful way to treat both anxiety, depression, and more.
What is Anxiety?
Understanding what anxiety is and how different it is for all individuals can help you understand why Ketamine is a revolutionary treatment. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, dread, or uneasiness at its simplest definition. These feelings may cause sweating, feelings of restlessness, tension, and rapid heartbeats. Some people become anxious as a reaction to stress. However, where some people gain a boost of energy from anxiety, others may be overwhelmed and fearful for longer periods of time.
Anxiety disorders are conditions where anxiety symptoms do not go away and, in fact, worsen over time. The feelings of fear and uneasiness are often constant and highly overwhelming. As a result, those with anxiety disorders may avoid work, social activities, school, and other situations where their anxiety is triggered and can worsen. Some anxiety disorders that exist are:
- General Anxiety Disorder: persistent and excessive worry about anything from ordinary routine to activities or events. GAD affects how you feel physically.
- Agoraphobia: avoidance of places or situations that make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed.
- Panic Disorder: repeated episodes of fear or terror that reach a peak or panic attack. Panic disorder may involve feelings of impending doom, heart palpitations, and more.
- Social Anxiety Disorder: avoidance of social situations due to fear and self-consciousness about being judged or viewed negatively by others.
- And more
Ketamine for anxiety works differently from other therapies and treatments because it targets the source of all anxiety and anxiety disorders; the mind. Anxiety is such a versatile condition. Medications often fail those with anxiety disorders because many medications target specific symptoms. Ketamine is different. If you suffer from anxiety disorders and struggle to find effective treatment, Ketamine for anxiety may be right for you.
How Does Ketamine Work?
Ketamine treats anxiety differently from traditional medications, like SSRIs, that simply dull the symptoms of anxiety. Most have only short-term effects. Ketamine, however, targets the source of anxiety by working first to heal the mind. Researchers at Yale University found that Ketamine triggers the production of glutamate in the brain. Glutamate helps the brain create new neural connections, and the production of glutamate helps the mind become more adaptable. This process opens the mind to healing.
Ketamine Therapy in Clinical Studies
Chief psychiatrist Dr. John Krystal of Yale Medicine states that “with most medications, like Valium, the anti-anxiety effect you get only lasts when it is in your system. When the valium goes away, you can get rebound anxiety”. Dr. Krystal goes on to add that the research also shows that Ketamine increases glutamate production. “When you take Ketamine, it triggers reactions in your cortex that enable brain connections to regrow. It’s the reaction to Ketamine, not the presence of Ketamine in the body that constitutes its effects”. Thus, Ketamine is genuinely unlike any other medication and an exciting option for those with anxiety disorders.
Treating Anxiety with Ketamine Therapy
Ketamine therapy for anxiety works differently from other traditional treatments. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. Over 40 million Americans struggle with some form of anxiety disorder. Most people develop symptoms before age 21. Anxiety also has a wide range of symptoms, including sweating, nausea, rapid heart rate, and restlessness. Anxiety hinders quality of life, making it challenging to find any type of relief for many people.
Ketamine treatments are different from classic SSRIs that take weeks to months to take effect. Zoloft and Prozac, popular SSRIs, merely mask symptoms of anxiety. Ketamine, on the other hand, triggers glutamate production giving the mind a chance to rewire and reconnect. Many men and women believe this type of treatment provides relief they have never experienced before.
Ketamine Side Effects
There are potential side effects and risks that may occur with Ketamine for anxiety treatments. Dr. Prakash Masand, the chairman of COPE (Centers of Psychiatric Excellence) and adjunct professor at the Academic Medicine Education Institute, stated: “most [ketamine] side effects are mild and transient” and “patients must be monitored because of potential increases in blood pressure and pulse.” Studies are showing Ketamine administered at lower doses has mild, stimulating effects. Some of the side effects and risks associated with Ketamine treatments may include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- The dissociation/out-of-body experience may be uncomfortable for some
- Lower urinary tract pathologies and Cystitis may occur with long-term use at high doses
- Hallucinations and distortions of time and space
- Pronounced and persistent neuropsychiatric symptoms may occur. Therefore, using other mood-altering drugs (such as alcohol, opioids, cannabis, and more) may not be safe with Ketamine treatments.
- Severe, schizophrenia-like perceptions and symptoms may be experienced at higher doses
- Potential increase in blood pressure and pulse
Avoid risks to your mental well-being and overall wellness by choosing a provider with extensive experience with Ketamine for anxiety treatments. A provider that is aware of side effects, treatment applications, up-to-date clinical research, and more is better equipped to give you optimal results and safer treatments.
What Else Can Ketamine Treat?
Ketamine can improve many conditions, including:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Suicidal Ideation
- Chronic Pain
What to Expect During Ketamine Treatment
Ketamine treatment for anxiety is given via an infusion during a monitored session. Treatments take 40 to 60 minutes. Patients who receive treatment remain conscious and can speak throughout the duration of the session. However, some people may experience an altered state of mind.
A series of 10 infusions are recommended for a complete course when treating anxiety. The healing effects are almost instantaneous and results from the treatment have lasting effects.
Why Select Ketamine Wellness NY
Prospective patients in Queens, NY select Ketamine Wellness NY for their anxiety therapy. Patients enjoy relaxing treatments in our state-of-the-art facility. Our staff is focused on the wellbeing and safety of everyone we treat. Treatments for anxiety are administered by a board-certified professional.
Ketamine for Anxiety in Queens & Long Island, NY
If you struggle with the debilitating effects of anxiety and want to try a new treatment approach, contact Ketamine Wellness NY today. Call us at 516-284-4829 to schedule your complimentary consultation or reach out to us online to learn more.