As much as 12% of Americans struggle with symptoms of social anxiety. If you have symptoms of anxiety that have not responded to conventional treatments or medications, know that there are still options that can bring you relief. Ketamine infusion therapy can improve your general health and empower you to make positive changes in your personal and professional lives.
Vancouver Ketamine Infusions in Vancouver, WA, offers ketamine infusion therapy to help those struggling with anxiety symptoms. Used for decades as an anesthetic and pain reliever, ketamine is now known as a treatment for anxiety disorders and other mental health conditions.
Scientists believe that ketamine infusions help anxiety symptoms by rapidly boosting the activity of glutamate, a neurotransmitter inside the brain’s frontal cortex, while also allowing new pathways to form in the same area.
The rapid onset of ketamine’s antidepressant effect occurs because ketamine bypasses the conventional serotonin path. Instead, ketamine works on the brain’s glutamate systems.
This is remarkably different from conventional antidepressants, which initially boost serotonin activity levels in several different areas of the brain to then ultimately affect glutamate. This process can take weeks or even months, while ketamine infusions can provide rapid relief from anxiety symptoms.
As a new treatment option for anxiety, ketamine does have a few minor side effects. These can include a dream-like feeling, disrupted vision, lightheadedness, nausea, or slight anxious feelings after treatment.
Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication utilized for infusion therapy “off-label” use. Off-label use indicates a treatment that the FDA did not initially authorize. The FDA approves prescription medications only for specific uses, but most medications at some point develop off-label uses as a result of the clinical experience that develops with time.
As a good example, the FDA authorized the medication Prazosin to treat hypertension in 1976, but it is now mainly used to treat nightmares in individuals with PTSD, which was not approved at first.
Our providers at Vancouver Ketamine Infusions will go above and beyond to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your treatment. Ketamine infusions typically last about an hour for mood disorders, but chronic pain conditions may require a longer infusion time.
Several patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this dissociation effect aids with treatment and helps you provide a positive response to ketamine therapy.
These are all ordinary components of the treatment. Our team will monitor you throughout the process and be readily available should you need anything.