Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is a condition that causes extreme fear of receiving judgement from others. It can lead to feelings of severe humiliation, rejection and feelings of inadequacy in public. This disorder also manifests in physical symptoms, including nausea, sweating and a rapid heart rate. Social anxiety disorder can be so severe that those who suffer with it will isolate themselves away from others, making it difficult to retain employment or close relationships. Several treatments and therapies are available, but for those who find those treatments unsuccessful, hope could be on the horizon with ketamine therapy.
What is Ketamine?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist and AMPA receptor stimulator. The NMDA receptor antagonist is believed to suppress the NMDA receptors in the brain, which thereby increases the amount of glutamate in the neural space. Glutamate triggers connections with AMPA receptors, which can help improve mood and thought patterns. By triggering these connections, those with social anxiety disorder can find relief from their crippling symptoms, allowing them to experience new found freedom in the way they function in society, improving their ability to hold a steady job and even form lasting relationships.
Ketamine can be dispensed via infusion, with the treatment usually taking less than two hours to complete. Vital signs will be monitored during the entire treatment to maintain safety. You may experience dissociative symptoms during treatment, but expect these to dissipate quickly. You may experience slight nausea as well, but this will also pass rapidly. Your attendants will monitor you carefully during the infusion process, so they can administer nausea medication if necessary. You can expect to feel the results of the infusion within a short amount of time. Please remember that while the results of ketamine treatment can be amazing, it is not a cure. Please discuss with the Ketamine Healing Clinic team any treatments or therapies you are currently using.
If you struggle with social anxiety disorder and successful treatment seems to be eluding you, contact the Ketamine Healing Clinic team to schedule a consultation. There is hope for you to enjoy life again.
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