Does Ketamine Therapy Work? A Brief Overview of Ketamine Therapy

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Does Ketamine Therapy Work? A Brief Overview of Ketamine Therapy

With all the hype around Ketamine Therapy, you’re bound to feel curious about its different aspects and efficacy.

Does Ketamine Therapy Work? 

Read on to take a quick look at the positive aspects of Ketamine Therapy as well as what to be mindful of.

What Does Ketamine Therapy Do? 

Let’s start off with a bit of clarity around what ketamine is and how Ketamine Therapy works on the brain. Ketamine is a dissociative compound that has long been used as an anesthetic in operating rooms and on battlefields. Over time, it showed to have some unexpected side effects- including the alleviation of depressive symptoms and suicidality.

Ketamine Therapy has since emerged and has shown to be effective in lessening symptoms of debilitating conditions such as treatment-resistant depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD and other depressive disorders.

‘Ketamine’s primary function is blocking the NMDA receptors in the brain, which induces a dissociative state of being that could be described as floaty or “dreamy.” This blocking of NMDA receptors from Ketamine Therapy can also cause patients to experience visual patterning frequently associated with psychedelic experiences or even ego-dissolving” experiences.

Does Ketamine therapy live up to the hype? Lets take a look at the positive aspects.

There are several beneficial aspects of Ketamine Therapy. First, it has shown to rapidly alleviate symptoms of treatment-resistant depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD and other depressive disorders.  Patients often feel relief within hours after their first session. This is especially impressive as conventional pharmacotherapy typically doesnt help to ease symptoms for 4-12 weeks.

Of course thats not the only good thing about Ketamine Therapy. Here are some other highlights:

Ketamine Therapy can help bring down the protective walls of the subconscious and help patients reach pivotal moments of healing much more quickly than with psychotherapy alone.

Also, clinician-prescribed Ketamine Therapy is legal. This is a huge win considering other psychedelic therapy is still illegal in the United States and most other countries. This means that traveling for Ketamine Therapy is normally not necessary.

Additionally, Ketamine Therapy does not require patients to get off other psychiatric medications before beginning treatment. This makes it approachable to work with as there isn’t that sometimes uncomfortable, or even destabilizing, preparation period.

Also adding to the convenience factor, there is no special preparation diet required for Ketamine Therapy and you can normally return to business as usual with little to no disruption following treatment.

Currently, ketamine is the only legal psychedelic medicine available to mental health providers for the treatment of emotional suffering.

– National Library of Medicine

What should you be mindful of with Ketamine Therapy?

There are a couple of notable aspects to be mindful of when considering Ketamine Therapy. First, treatments are expensive and aren’t covered by insurance. However, there are sometimes ways around this where you may be able to receive a partial reimbursement for aspects of the treatment. If you decide Ketamine Therapy is right for you, always check on this with your prescriber, therapist and insurance provider.

Take note, ketamine can also be addictive.  Because of its rapid onset, little to no side effects and dissociative & psychedelic properties, ketamine can be abused if not handled with proper care and respect.

Ketamine is sometimes being prescribed or administered without therapy or coaching to support it. In this way, one can form a dependence on the substance without getting to the core of what’s causing the symptoms and reaching alignment with ones True Self.

And that brings us to the last point.

Do I recommend Ketamine Therapy? 

If you’re feeling a deep resonating “yes”, then consider this. Clinician approval is required for Ketamine Therapy. For those with a history of substance abuse, psychosis or meeting any of the disqualification criteria – Ketamine Therapy is probably not the treatment for you. For clinician approval, it is mandatory that you’ve previously tried two other forms of treatment for depression or anxiety without success.

Always be sure to do your research. There are various Ketamine Therapy offerings including: at-home treatments, in-office psychotherapy with lozenges or hospitalized intramuscular administration, IV infusions and nasal spray.

If you decide Ketamine Therapy is right for you, there is benefit to working with a skilled and trained therapist or Integration Coach before, during and after Ketamine Therapy. The not-so-secret secret to the lasting efficacy of psychedelic medicine is integration.

Ketamine Therapy on its own has shown great success in alleviating symptoms of treatment resistant depression and other depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and PTSD, sometimes within hours of treatments that can last up to a week. Combined with coaching or psychotherapy, Ketamine Therapy can lead to lasting transformation. Connect with your Psychedelic Integration Coach here – you’ll be glad you did!



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