Ketamine has a great reputation, and for good reason! When administered by medical professionals in a therapeutic capacity, ketamine has been successfully used to treat resistant cases of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other difficult-to-treat conditions quickly, with lasting results.
The restorative effects of this medication may frequently be perceived within an hour or two of treatment, with significant relief of symptoms which continue for some patients for days or even up to a week, and in some cases longer. While it is typical for people to receive a number of treatment sessions (usually weekly, then eventually monthly, before stopping altogether), it is not necessary to receive daily dosers indefinitely, as is the case with other form of medication therapy.
To be most effective, most doctors and PMC Port Chester Ketamine Therapy recommendations follow that ketamine be administered in conjunction with therapeutic support. This supportive structure helps a client to understand the ways that the medication will help them to form new beginnings. With clear guidance from professionals, it is possible to establish better thought patterns while breaking those which are unhealthy.
Ketamine and proper support together have the capacity to effect new, useful, healthier neural connections
5-10% of those who try ketamine may experience mild side effects that typically go away within an hour or two. Light-headedness, grogginess or a sense of sedation, headache, mild dissociative symptoms, blood pressure changes, and nausea are commonly reported experiences of a minority of patients.
Depression can be debilitating – as a mental condition causing sadness and isolation, sometimes those who suffer from depression find it hard to escape on their own. Its cost can include lost time and productivity, not to mention the enjoyment of life, family and friends. Many times people lose energy and the ability to appreciate the things they used to love.
There are many forms of depressive disorders. Some common ones are major depressive disorder, postpartum depression (following giving birth), seasonal affective disorder (resulting from the change of seasons when daylight decreases), persistent depression, bipolar depression, among others. Additionally, all cases are different. There are people who suffer persistently, while others may experience their symptoms episodically.
The effects of ketamine on the brain offer similar types of relief to most forms of depression.
Ketamine sets off reactions in the brain that enable new connections to grow between neurons. The medication triggers production of a brain chemical (glutamate) that generates a sequence of reactions, resulting in increased production of neural connections.
The fast production of so many new connections is what creates the sense of “reset” for which ketamine has become known. Upwards of 70% of those treated experience such relief.
This reaction to ketamine, rather than ketamine’s presence in the body, makes its effectiveness unique. Other antidepressants work in a different way upon different neurotransmitters
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension or fear, sometimes with no focus. Blamed on an overactive fight-or-flight response, thoughts fixating on dangers which may not actually exist, resulting in physical symptoms like increased blood pressure or heart rate, increased respiration, clammy hands or nausea are common features of many forms of anxiety.
Ketamine can disrupt these fearful thought patterns and set a healthier pattern in motion, much the way it engenders the new connections and the feeling of a “fresh start” for those with depression. Results are promising and effective, and appear to be long-lasting.
Those who experience relief may be able to eliminate other medications and begin to manage their symptoms in other ways. Many are able at last to manage lifestyle changes that can provide further relief from the symptoms of their anxiety.