Ketamine Infusions for Major Anxiety
Few people who have anxiety and depression seek treatment and continue to live life not knowing how to address issues that arise as a result of their anxiety. Whether you have struggled to balance your anxiety all your life or you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety for the first time, we encourage you to start the journey towards treatment today. Contact us and schedule your free complimentary consultation to learn how off-label Ketamine Therapy can help you better balance feelings of anxiety.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
General anxiety disorders are the most common forms of mental illness in the U.S. It affects 40 million adults in the United States ages 18 years and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. The five general types of anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) – Someone who has GAD may experience persistent and excessive worry that interferes with daily activities. This ongoing worry and tension may be accompanied by physical symptoms such as restlessness, feeling on edge or easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, or problems sleeping.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – Someone with OCD is more likely to be obsessed with repeated behavior such as constant hand washing.
- Panic Disorder – Someone who has a panic disorder may experience intense feelings of anxiety or fear causing them to have symptoms like high blood pressure. This is usually seen in individuals who suffer from PTSD.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – PTSD can cause symptoms of stress due to triggers from previous trauma such as military combat or personal attacks.
- Social Phobia – Also known as social anxiety disorder, someone who has a social phobia might intensely fear human interaction and social situations.
How Does Ketamine Treatment For Anxiety Work?
- 1-hour low-dose ketamine infusion: 40 minutes of active infusion and a 20-minute active recovery before being released to go home.
- The low-dose infusions typically start around 0.5 mg/kg/hr and may be adjusted to the response of the patient.
- Initial series of 6 infusions are administered over several weeks.
- Maintenance infusion sessions are conducted every 3-5 weeks after the initial series.
Following ketamine treatment, improvement may be seen within hours combined with minimal side effects. The number and frequency of treatments are variable from patient to patient depending on factors such as the severity of the symptoms, the other medications a patient may be on, and the patient’s response to the treatments.