Can Ketamine Treatment Work for Me?
What Is Ketamine?
Mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are rampant in today’s world. They affect people from all walks of life, no matter their background or age. According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people around the world have depression, including 16.2 million adults in the United States. Nearly 50% of all people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The reality is we are either watching our loved ones suffer or are experiencing the debilitating effects ourselves.
There are many treatments for mood disorders including psychotherapy, pharmacological agents and helpful techniques such as EDMR, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). However, many people find that one or more of these options are not providing lasting relief. In fact, a study in 2008 has found that most antidepressant drugs work no better than that of a placebo. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2253608/
Thankfully, in the year 2000, Yale University research studies started showing positive results for treatment using low-dose ketamine infusions. Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication for anesthesia that is used every day in hospitals and emergency rooms around the world. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has placed ketamine on its list of Essential Medicines and is arguably one of the most widely used medicines in the world for sedation and pain relief.
Since the year 2000, low-dose ketamine infusion therapy has been providing more scientific research and relief for those suffering from symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and pain syndromes. How does this physiologically happen? There are still many studies being conducted that are attempting to understand this further. We currently believe that ketamine plays a role in the NMDA receptor blocking pattern, increasing a level of glutamate between neuronal synpases. This, in turn, creates an environment where more optimal and healthy pathways are formed and strengthened that were not able to before as a direct result of the chronic psychological or pain condition. Neurogenesis results. Ketamine infusion therapy allows for a reset of your brain and neuronal connections, effectively lifting you or your loved one out of the chronic state of despair. Some people who have lived their entire lives in a state of depression, anxiousness, fear, or pain are finding relief and are truly living life again in a profound and meaningful way.
If you or your loved one are suffering and conventional treatments have not worked, low-dose ketamine infusion therapy may provide the relief you are seeking.
Counseling with Ketamine
Ketamine provides an opportunity to restructure and rewire your brain in order to form new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
At Scottsdale Ketamine Clinic, we provide professional, experienced counselors to help you navigate the process during your slow, low-dose Ketamine infusion treatments. Research indicates higher effectiveness of ketamine treatment when a counselor is used during the experience. With counseling, the client works through past and present experiences and lays plans for a hopeful and peaceful future.
Here is how it works.
Throughout our lives, we collect mental and emotional wounds. Sometimes, we have the tools and resources to process and properly heal these wounds. Many times, we do not. We are left to move forward and survive, which involves maintaining relationships, getting food on the table, and moving forward with issues unaddressed.
When this happens, our ego steps in to protect us, which is fantastic in the short run. However, it is similar to putting a band-aid on a deep cut. Soon we find ourselves trapped in reactivity to small triggers related to past traumas.
Ketamine lifts this bandaid. Allowing us to properly air out, clean, and tend to these wounds. Layer by layer, the content that is ready to be healed will come to the surface.
This is where a counselor comes in.
Layer by layer the content continues to surface, sometimes in confusing and anxiety provoking ways. It is reassuring to have a professional present familiar with the ketamine process and experienced with treating these wounds.
It is important to trust the process, knowing whatever comes up is exactly what needs to be addressed. However, when you are on ketamine, your ego will be taking a rest, so you will feel less in control. As a river guide, counselors help you navigate these flowing, sometimes tumultuous, waters.
Clients feel grounded by the professional experienced guide. Grounding tells your mind and body that you are safe, we can dig in, we are ready and prepared to heal. This allows us to dig up the root of the problem addressing the tangle of symptoms and related issues all at once.