Equally common among men and women, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that affects more than two million adults annually. The average age of onset is 19, with 25 percent of cases developing by 14. One-third of adults with OCD first experienced their symptoms in childhood.
Vancouver Ketamine Infusions, located here in Vancouver, WA, offers ketamine infusion therapy to help those struggling with OCD symptoms. Used for decades as an anesthetic and pain reliever, ketamine is now known to treat anxiety disorders (like OCD) and other mental health conditions.
Ketamine infusions have quickly become one of the most popular treatment options for mood disorders, including OCD, depression, PTSD, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
Unlike many traditional medications like SSRIs which can take months to start working, ketamine therapy offers patients relief quickly, with some individuals reporting relief within a few hours of their first infusion session.
Identified by obsessive notions about contamination and compulsions of extreme cleaning or washing.
Identified by obsessive thoughts about potential damage to yourself or others and compulsions including checking rituals to relieve your anxiety.
Characterized through obsessive thoughts about symmetry and compulsions to make every little thing orderly until they are “perfect.”
Identified by intrusive thoughts about religious, intimate, or aggressive themes. Triggers pertaining to these themes are typically avoided as much as possible.
Characterized through obsessive anxieties about getting rid of items or belongings you may need one day.
Scientists believe that ketamine infusions help OCD 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 OCD symptoms.
As a new treatment option for OCD, 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.
Are you ready to take back control of your life? Are you tired of trying one medication after another, only to be left with the same symptoms? If so, ketamine infusion therapy might be the right treatment option for you.
Contact Vancouver Ketamine Infusions today to schedule your consultation and learn how ketamine infusions for OCD treatment can help you find relief.