March 15, 2023

What is Ketamine Treatment? The Basics Explained (Video)

What is Ketamine Treatment? The Basics Explained (Video)

Ketamine treatment has gained popularity in recent years as a potential solution for various mental health conditions. Learn the basics about ketamine from Dr. Kaveh.

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a medication initially developed as an anesthetic and pain reliever, often used in surgical settings. In recent years, it has been studied for its potential in treating mental health disorders such as depression, PTSD, and anxiety.

Ketamine in Surgery

As an anesthetic, ketamine has been used for decades in surgery for anesthesia, providing pain relief and sedation. Its safety in surgery is important as its uses expand to mental health treatment.

Ketamine Therapy Safety and Dose

When used under the supervision of a trained medical professional, ketamine is very safe. You want to ensure you have an expert doctor guiding your ketamine journey. The doses used for mental health treatments are typically much lower than those used for anesthesia, reducing the risk of serious side effects.

Ketamine Infusion Dose and Cognitive Rigidity

Ketamine's potential in treating mental health conditions is thought to stem from its ability to increase cognitive flexibility and reduce cognitive rigidity. We believe this is due to modulation of the NMDA receptor. This may help individuals break free from harmful thought patterns and embrace new, healthier ways of thinking.

Persistent Changes in Self-Representation and Neuroplasticity

Ketamine treatment may lead to lasting changes in an individual's self-perception, promoting positive personal growth and increased resilience. Additionally, ketamine can enhance neuroplasticity, or making new connections in the brain. This can allow the brain to rewire and adapt more effectively.

Softening Rigid Habit Loops in PTSD, Pain, and Migraines

Ketamine's ability to increase cognitive flexibility and neuroplasticity may be particularly helpful for individuals suffering from PTSD, chronic pain, and migraines, as it can help break cycles of negative thoughts and maladaptive behaviors.

Risks of Ketamine and Side Effects

Ketamine is typically very well tolerated. Some potential side effects include dizziness, nausea, and dissociative experiences. However, while ketamine is not considered highly addictive, there is a potential for abuse and dependence. The risks of ketamine therapy are often less than the benefits, even in older adults.

Doctor's Training and Sacred Responsibility

It's crucial that your doctor administering and guiding your ketamine treatment be well trained in both the medical and psychological aspects of ketamine therapy. Clinicians have a sacred responsibility to understand the risks and benefits associated with ketamine treatment and to communicate these with their patients and guide them along this healing journey.

Contact Harmony Infusion and schedule your free consultation to start your healing journey today.

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