What Is Ketamine, and How Can It Help Me?
Tackling depression is a very serious topic that has recently gained more awareness. Now more than ever before, mental health is beginning to be talked about more openly, enabling more people to turn to treatment to help manage their symptoms. From bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder to suicidal thoughts, there are many reasons to seek professional help for mental health disorders.
We here at New Jersey Ketamine Center are dedicated to helping adults improve their mental health. Located in Jersey City, NJ, we are proud to be the top choice for those seeking alternative treatments for mental disorders in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Recently, ketamine infusion has gained traction as a breakthrough therapy for various mood disorders.
What Is Ketamine?
Before explaining the benefits of ketamine and all the good it may be able to do for you, it is helpful to know what exactly ketamine is.
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that can cause sedation and amnesia without lowering blood pressure in high doses, while causing mild feelings of lightheadedness in lower doses.
How Does It Help Fight Depression?
Since ketamine treatments are a relatively new concept, the amount of concrete data and proof of why ketamine is so successful is still being investigated right now. However, countless studies have shown that ketamine can help improve the mental health of those struggling with certain mental health disorders. Some studies have even indicated a positive outcome in 70%-80% of patients studied.
One of the most prominent factors doctors believe is the cause of such positive results is the way ketamine interacts with the brain. Traditional antidepressants are prescribed to shift the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain, while ketamine takes a different approach and targets receptors directly. The end result leads to ketamine blocking NMDA receptors, which are believed to be a main source of depression.
How Often Is Treatment Performed?
While there is no protocol to be followed regarding treatment, we follow the standard schedule that most clinics follow, which is six infusions administered over a ten to twelve-day period. After that, recipients can schedule single infusions when they feel necessary. Follow up single infusions can be every month, three months or even longer than that.
When Will I Begin to Feel Better?
Most patients will begin to see results after their second or third infusion. With that being said, it is vital to continue with the whole process even if you start to see results. Each infusion is administered over 45 minutes, and some patients may experience a lightheaded or “fuzzy” feeling during treatment.
We know you may have many more questions about the idea of ketamine infusions, so we invite you to reach out to us We here at New Jersey Ketamine Center can help you or a family member or friend help tackle depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Reach out to us anytime over the phone at 1-800-673-5766.