Ketamine has been used in operating rooms as a safe and effective anesthetic since the 1960’s. In recent times the medication is paving the way as a promising treatment for neurological disorders. With 16 million people in the US suffering from mood disorders, ketamine therapy is taking a fresh perspective on an epidemic.
As a treatment, ketamine therapy is tapping into an innovative way to fight mental health problems. Differing in mechanism from standard anti-depressants, ketamine likely works by binding to NMDA receptors, increasing the amount of the glutamate in the brain. Studies are showing increased activation of neurological pathways, most importantly, in sections of the brain that control mood and thought patterns. We hope to continue to help patients find relief when other medications have been ineffective.
Ketamine enhances healing in the brain through multiple pathways to increase activity of neurotransmitters. This may enhance mood, decrease anxiety and help curb cravings found in addiction. Neurogenesis or growth of neuronal connections within the brain can occur, along with a decrease in the inflammatory response in the brain and body.
Ketamine may ultimately allow for connections to be made across areas of the brain that allow for change and healing to take place. This may translate in to enhanced enjoyment of life, renewed sense of connections in relationships, and an elevation of positive mood.
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Ketamine Therapy is making waves by treating depression through an entirely different modality. Studies are showing the promise of ketamine working to repair neurological brain connections. Ketamine’s effectiveness is not about masking symptoms but solving underlying issues.
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OCD has been a difficult disorder for Doctors to manage. Ketamine therapy provides a new and optimistic way to relieve compulsions more rapidly, with many patients feeling relief for periods of a week or more.
Ketamine enhances healing in the brain through multiple pathways to increase activity of neurotransmitters. This may enhance mood, decrease anxiety and give hope to patients with anxiety disorders.
By utilizing ketamine for PTSD, patients may notice positive effects as early as 20 minutes. With severe cases the speed of efficacy is proving to be an invaluable trait. By relieving the anxiety and depression that come with PTSD, ketamine is a fresh take on treating this disorder.
Chronic pain is a debilitating disorder that can have drastic effects on lifestyle. Researchers are finding the usefulness of ketamine vs other pain medications to be beneficial in treating severe disorders such as Fibromyalgia, Cancer Pain, Neuropathic Pain, CRPS and more.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is a unique approach to traditional psychotherapy. KAP applies the medicine ketamine within a 2 hour psychotherapy session. This combination may accelerate the process of growth and change. Sessions last longer than traditional therapy, and are conducted with medical support and psychological counseling to ensure you are well cared for throughout your experience.
Ketamine was dubbed a “dissociative anesthesic” due to its tendency to produce a disconnection from our usual way of feeling and experiencing. At low doses given during a therapy session, this influence produces shifts in consciousness such as expanded states of awareness, novel ways of viewing life concerns, and freedom from the worries and anxieties of our ordinary mind-states. Psychotherapy offers real-time reflection on this experience to enhance growth and change.
Ketamine may, at times, facilitate psychedelic experiences such as expanded consciousness, and spiritual connection. These characteristics are similar to other psychedelic drugs that have been used successfully in psychotherapy sessions to reduce pain and distress. However, ketamine is currently the only available medication that may produce a psychedelic effect that can be used in psychotherapy.
PTSD / Trauma; Depression; Anxiety; Unresolved issues from childhood; Rejoining life after a major illness; Grief & Loss; and End of Life distress related to dying.
Ketamine enhances healing in the brain through multiple pathways. A main action path for Ketamine is on the NDMA receptor site in the brain, increasing activity of the neurotransmitter glutamate. This may enhance mood, decrease anxiety, and decrease the cravings found in addiction. Neurogenesis or growth of neuronal connections within the brain can occur, along with a decrease in the inflammatory response in the brain and body. Ketamine may ultimately allow for novel connections to be made across areas of the brain that allow for change and healing to take place. This may translate in to enhanced enjoyment of life, renewed sense of connections in relationships, and elevation of positive mood.
Side effects are generally limited to the timespan directly after session and usually resolve quickly. These include mild nausea, dizziness, derealization, and drowsiness. Our medical staff will help ease any side effects that occur.
A course of KAP typically begins with an Intake session to determine if KAP is a good fit for you, and to identify treatment goals. The actual sessions may be 90 minutes to 3 hours in length. The varying length of time depends upon dose, response to the medicine, recovery time, and other factors that are discussed during the Intake session. While some patients may request a single KAP session, we recommend committing to an individualized course of treatment that may occur over several weeks. Traditional therapy focused on support, integrating insights, and identifying and reinforcing change may also be a part of the treatment process.
Run by a sub-specialty trained Neuropsychiatrist for over 25 years, TNC is a local, national, and international resource for treating complex neuropsychiatric concerns. Over the past 9 years, TNC has provided innovative ketamine-based treatment for Treatment-Resistant Depression, Chronic Pain, and many other concerns. KAP is a natural extension of this expertise. TNC has full medical coverage including anesthesiology- trained nursing staff, so you are safe and cared for during your time with us.
If other treatments haven’t worked for you, give us a call at 847-236-9310 or fill out the form and a member of our team will reach out. Ketamine Therapy may help you find the lifestyle you’ve wanted.