More than 46 million people in the United States live with a mental illness. Though there are many effective treatments available to help manage your mental health, you may struggle to find one that alleviates your symptoms. Scott Giles, DO, and the team at Health and Happiness in the Boro offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy to help those struggling with a treatment-resistant mental health condition. To learn more about ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and how it may benefit your mental wellness, contact the office in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, by phone or online today.
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic and analgesic agent developed in the 1960s to control pain. Unlike other types of general anesthesia, ketamine doesn’t slow down respiration or heart rate and can be administered without the need for a ventilator or heart monitor.
When used in small doses, ketamine may help treat a variety of mental health conditions.
For example, when given one-tenth of the normal dose used for surgery, researchers found that ketamine improved symptoms in people with depression in as little as four hours.
There are many mechanisms in your body that affect your mood. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy works by binding with N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA), which is a brain receptor not normally targeted by traditional antidepressant medications.
Your NMDA receptors release a substance called G peptide that boosts your mood. While traditional antidepressants also trigger the release of G peptide, it can take 6-8 weeks to happen.
With ketamine, the release of the mood-boosting peptide takes only 15 minutes. Unlike other types of antidepressant medication, ketamine therapy doesn't carry a warning that depression or suicidal thoughts may increase before the positive effects take place.
Health and Happiness in the Boro specializes in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. They conduct comprehensive evaluations when you come in for a consultation to see if you’re a good candidate for the cutting-edge treatment.
The team may recommend ketamine-assisted psychotherapy if you’re suffering from:
You may not be a good candidate for ketamine-assisted psychotherapy if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, irregular or fast heart rate, or kidney problems. Individuals with a history of hallucinations or psychosis may also not be good candidates for the innovative therapy.
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is administered at the office under close supervision. Your treatment is provided through an IV line in your arm. The length of your treatment depends on your dose, but typically takes less than an hour.
After your ketamine infusion, the team has you remain at the office for at least 30 minutes to monitor for side effects. They request you arrange to have someone drive you home.
To get the most benefits out of your treatment, you may need a series of ketamine infusions. The team reviews the details of your treatment at your consultation so you know what to expect.
In general, ketamine infusion may be recommended twice a week for up to five weeks.
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy offers you the possibility of a transformative process in which the emotional and psychic content of your deeper self can come to the surface. Your ketamine session gives you a well-deserved break from your negativity and obsessions.
However, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy isn’t a standalone treatment. It works best when combined with other mental health treatments like counseling.
Though you may experience improvements in your mood immediately following your ketamine-assisted psychotherapy sessions, the best results typically take days or weeks.
With ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, Health and Happiness in the Boro aims to help you gain access to a wide range of feelings and alleviate symptoms of your mental health disorder. Contact the office by phone or online today to learn more.