Ketamine is a medication traditionally used in surgery and post-operative pain. One of the things learned about it is that it has a profound anti-depressant effect when given at a lower dose. This has led to much research to be performed on it which shows profound benefits for depression and PTSD. This is even seen with those who do not respond to the standard medications and counseling for these therapies.
Ketamine is predominantly used for depression and PTSD. We have seen it also helps with anxiety, OCD, apathy, and head injuries.
Ketamine when used appropriately can be transformative for these symptoms and conditions. We have seen individuals experience happiness for the first time in their lives. We have seen long standing depression improved in a very short time.
While Ketamine can be transformative it is not for everyone. Any patient is carefully screened before being eligible to receive treatment.
One of the things we commonly hear from individuals is that they do not remember a lot of their childhood and this extends into middle and even high school. There is unfortunately a big percentage of individuals who have experienced physical and emotional traumas. Many of these emotional traumas from childhood we do not remember. What happens is that the brain in an effort to keep us safe will hide those memories away. The problem is that this doesn’t allow the brain to heal but instead actually creates a barrier and wires it differently.
Ketamine when used right allows individuals to uncover these events and process them differently. It is only when it is processed that a recovery can be made. We routinely see individuals have improvements with depression, PTSD, brain fog, OCD, anxiety, memory, processing speed, happiness, and overall being able to engage in life better.
Getting the Most Out of Ketamine
Ketamine is rarely used as a stand alone therapy. There are many places that use Ketamine but the results are short lived. We view Ketamine as a facilitator. It helps with a process but there should be a goal at the end. Beyond that Ketamine depends on the health of the brain. If there are unresolved head injuries you are unlikely to get maximum results or keep the results you achieve.
The same is true if you have underlying health issues that are not appropriately managed like diabetes, thyroid, low hormones, and autoimmunity to name a few.