Why Ketamine Infusion Therapy?
Extensive medical studies have demonstrated IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy offers hope to those with severe depression, bipolar depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain conditions. These medical issues can greatly affect everyday life, strain important relationships, take a toll on an individual’s career, and increase feelings of hopelessness. Our objective at MindScape Ketamine & Infusion Therapy is to offer those struggling with these debilitating mental disorders a new way to find relief in a calming setting with a well-known and respected physician.
How Does Ketamine Affect The Brain?
A picture of a neuron. The neuron below shows new dendritic formations, or new neural growth, within just 2 hours of receiving ketamine.
After ketamine treatments, the depressed brain is almost identical to the non depressed picture as new neural activity has awakened the depressed areas.
Ketamine has had an ongoing presence in the clinical industry since the 1960s and is an essential component of the anesthesiology field because it can maintain cardiorespiratory stability in patients who need to be sedated, while also offering a certain level of numbness towards pain.
Other treatments for depression such as traditional drugs focus on regulating serotonin in the brain, which has an effect on an individual’s moods, anxiety, and other cognitive abilities. However, these medications can take a while to begin working regularly and they come with a laundry list of side effects. Some of the most common side effects of traditional antidepressants include:
- Dry mouth
- Skewed or blurred vision
- Increased anxiety or aggression
- Weight gain
- Diminished sex drive
Antidepressants can also be ineffective altogether for about 30% of people who take them.
Ketamine treatment is different from classic forms of medication because it focuses on interacting with a neurotransmitter called glutamine, a converted amino acid that is crucial in supporting the central nervous system. Glutamic acid comes from reconverted glutamine and can have an effect on balancing out emotions. With careful administration, ketamine can be used to treat PTSD and other forms of depression and anxiety.
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- The ketamine-derived product and nasal spray called esketamine became FDA approved in March of 2019.
- Ketamine is an “NMDA receptor antagonist” and “AMPA receptor stimulator” that was developed more than 50 years ago.
- It has been safely used in chronic pain management for over 20 years.
- Within the last 15 years it has been safely used in the treatment of mood disorders: depression, treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychiatric disorders, and chronic pain when administered at precise, carefully controlled sub-anesthetic dosages by a skilled and licensed medical provider.
- In the last 10 years, prominent institutions all over the world including Yale University, The Mayo Clinic, Mt. Sinai Medical School, The National Institute of Mental Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Stanford University regularly reported a 70% success rate or higher in IV ketamine’s efficacy in the treatment of these medical conditions.
- Ketamine provides relief by blocking NMDA receptors which creates a favorable chemical environment for neuron growth.
- This provides time for repair and regeneration of neural pathways, which often reduces symptoms associated with mood disorders, PTSD, and chronic pain.
- Ketamine also works by being an AMPA receptor stimulator which results in increasing BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor).
- BDNF stimulates new receptors and synapses (vital connections between neurons).
- Research suggests a deficiency in synapses is a link to depression and other mood disorders.
Ketamine has taken on a new life and has started to be used more often to treat chronic pain, mood disorders, major depressive disorders, and other conditions that can make a person feel helpless or lost. We believe Ketamine Infusion Therapy is the future of treating depression and can be a new light to a person who has tried it all before.