What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a medication that is primarily used for starting and maintaining anesthesia. It is also used off-label as a treatment for depression, particularly treatment-resistant depression. It is thought to work by increasing the levels of a neurotransmitter called glutamate in the brain, which may help to improve mood. Ketamine has also been show to provide quick relief for various pain conditions including neuropathic pain.
How Ketamine Works
Ketamine for Mood Disorders
Ketamine is believed to be effective in treating depression and other mood disorders due to its ability to block the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. The NMDA receptor is thought to be overactive in individuals with these disorders. By attaching to the NMDA receptor, ketamine prevents it from being activated by glutamate, a neurotransmitter. This helps to reduce the symptoms of depression and other mood disorders.
Ketamine for Chronic Pain
It is believed that one of the leading causes of chronic pain conditions is the overactivity of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. Ketamine helps chronic pain by attaching to the NMDA receptor and blocking it from being activated by glutamate, a neurotransmitter, thereby helping to mute the effects of chronic pain symptoms.
Ketamine Treatment for Mood Disorders & Chronic Pain
Ketamine infusion therapy provides rapid relief, often in a matter of hours, with minimal side effects. It is a useful treatment for conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and suicidal ideation, providing an alternative to traditional antidepressants that may cause unwanted side effects.
Ketamine therapy promotes neurogenesis, a process that differs from the way traditional antidepressants work by affecting the chemical levels in the brain.
Individuals with anxiety disorders often experience recurrent intrusive thoughts or worries. Ketamine may be an effective treatment option for these symptoms.
Ketamine therapy has been shown to be a promising treatment for people who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), providing rapid and substantial relief.
Ketamine treatment has been shown to increase levels of glutamate in the body, which can lead to a rapid improvement for individuals with OCD.
Ketamine infusion therapy has been shown to be effective for people suffering from neuroptahic pain. Learn how we can help you manage your chronic pain.
Ketamine therapy has been shown through research to potentially be effective in quickly reducing the negative thoughts that come with suicidal ideation.