Ketamine Therapy for Mental Health Disorders
What is Ketamine Therapy?
Ketamine Therapy is an effective treatment who suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD, or thoughts of self-harm. It is known to bring rapid alleviation of mental health symptoms. Ketamine therapy is best practiced when used in conjunction with other therapy modalities.
How Does Ketamine Therapy Work?
Ketamine has become popular in recent years as an effective modality to aid depression, especially for those who have not experienced a great response from traditional antidepressants. This type of depression is also referred to as ‘treatment-resistant depression.’
Ketamine is administered intravenously and goes directly into the bloodstream. This is called intravenous, or IV, ketamine. The treatment mixes two mirror-image molecules, “R” and “S” ketamine. Ketamine affects different parts of the brain than regular SSRIs (anti-depressants). Studies have shown that Ketamine temporarily blocks NMRA receptors in the brain, which could be damaged by mental health disorders. This function can act as a ‘refresh’ button for this part of the brain enabling new recovery growths for depression.
A Typical Treatment Course
A TMS Therapy course can vary, though a typical treatment course consists of six infusions over two to three weeks as part of an “induction” phase. After that, the maintenance period begins, and an individual typically returns for one infusion every two to six weeks.