If you count yourself among the approximately one in four Americans living with a mental health condition, you know how debilitating and demoralizing it can be. There are times when it can feel downright hopeless, and like you’ll never get better. Ketamine therapy is a new, innovative treatment that has shown promising results for a variety of mental health conditions, including PTSD, depression, anxiety and even chronic pain.
What is Ketamine Therapy, and Is It Safe?
Hearing words like “breakthrough” and “new science” used to describe a mental health treatment can be off-putting, to say the least. While the overwhelming amount of research asserting that ketamine can and does help alleviate symptoms of many pernicious mental health conditions is new, the medication itself is not. It’s been used as an anesthetic and pain reliever for more than half a century and is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. This means it’s considered one of the safest and most effective anesthetics available and has the bonus of success minimizing the worst symptoms of many mental health conditions.
Right now, ketamine has been shown to be an effective treatment for PTSD, anxiety, depression and chronic pain. Current research into its potential effects on more complex conditions, like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, is showing early promise as well.
What to Expect During Ketamine Therapy
If you’re considering ketamine therapy, it’s only natural to want to know what you should expect before going through the process. Fortunately, the experience is relatively simple and straightforward, from a medical perspective.
A small dose of ketamine will be administered through an IV, and you will be monitored by a trained and experienced healthcare professional for the duration of your infusion. Some people experience mild to moderate side effects during treatment, like dizziness and nausea. These can be avoided by administering anti-nausea medication during the infusion process.
Is Ketamine Therapy Right for Me?
While there are some people for whom ketamine therapy may not be recommended, it’s important to speak with experienced professionals to determine your own eligibility. At Ketamine Healing Clinic of Los Angeles & Orange County, our success rate treating depression and PTSD is approximately 85%, promising figures at a time when perhaps nothing feels very promising.
Call or contact us today to learn more about ketamine therapy, and how it might help you improve your quality of life dramatically.
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