Reasons To Consider Ketamine Infusions For Anxiety
Racing heart. Churning stomach. Sweaty palms. Breathing is shallow. Constant worrying. The chest feels heavy. Anyone who has experienced anxiety attacks will know that it is all in their head. It can seem like you won’t be able to overcome your anxiety and fears if you resist traditional treatments. There is hope. Treatment for anxiety sufferers has seen promising results from therapeutic ketamine infusions. Learn more about IV Ketamine and anxiety symptoms management.
What is Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Anxiety?
Research has shown that ketamine can be used to induce anesthesia. However, it was originally used for this purpose. This is the first step in a series of events that will lead to new neural pathways being formed in the brain. The brain adapts to new neural pathways which allows it to generate more connections. This allows the brain to produce more connections, and the patient can develop more positive thoughts. This effect is not seen in antidepressants such as SSRIs (serotonin reuptake inhibitors, SSRIs), and even though researchers are still unsure how ketamine causes this ripple effect in the brain, the amazing benefits of ketamine for people with treatment-refractory forms of depression or anxiety are remarkable.
Is your anxiety taking control of your life?
GAD is a form of general anxiety that causes a person to feel constant, unnecessary worry or fear in situations that are not in their control. Although many people feel anxious, they don’t necessarily have a diagnosis. These feelings can be annoying and stress-induced.
When anxiety symptoms have a severe impact on a person’s life and there is no threat to their health, it can be considered a clinical problem. There are many types of anxiety disorders. These include social anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder, and specific phobias. However, they all have similar symptoms to general anxiety disorder.
- Nervousness, restlessness, or feeling tense
- Feelings that you are in danger, panic, or fear
- Rapid heart rate
- Hyperventilation or rapid breathing
- Heavy or increased sweating
- Trembling and muscle twitching
- Weakness and lethargy
- Problems focusing on or thinking clearly about other things than what you are concerned about.
- Digestive and gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, gas, diarrhea, or gas.
- An intense desire to avoid situations that can trigger anxiety
1. You can achieve symptom relief in just hours and not weeks
Studies have shown that IV ketamine can produce an antidepressant effect and anti-suicidal effect within 4.5 hours. This is for those who had not been able to find success with other medications. This was a significant improvement on SSRIs which can take weeks to create a therapeutic effect. However, 40% of participants reported continued benefits up to seven days after the infusion.
2. Unstable thinking/behavior patterns can be tapped
Ketamine can be used as a dissociative opioid. This means that it can cause users to feel disconnected from their bodies in a mild, trance-like condition. It sounds much scarier than it is. Although dissociation is described as relaxing and not as psychedelic by many patients, the actual physical effects are still quite significant. Dissociative states allow patients to disconnect from their bodies and be more in touch with their emotions, memories, and past. This helps them understand the root cause of their symptoms.
3. Stop using medications that don’t work.
Up to 30% of patients diagnosed with an anxiety disorder may be resistant to traditional treatments, such as SSRIs, which is a lot when you consider there is more than a proven method that can be used to relieve anxiety for people who have not experienced relief with traditional medication.
Is Ketamine Treatment right for me?
Ketamine infusion therapy is a dissociative medication that has a rapid onset of action. This makes it one less thing to worry about. If you suffer from anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or social anxiety disorder (SAD) and have not seen a reduction in anxiety symptoms with traditional medication, it might be time to speak to a doctor to discuss ketamine infusions for anxiety.
With Help From Florida Medical Pain Management – Relief is Possible
Florida Medical Pain Management understands how debilitating anxiety symptoms can be. We are here to help. Our office will provide customized ketamine therapy to our patients for various mood disorders, headaches, or chronic pain conditions. Contact us for more information about IV ketamine injections for anxiety.