OCD

Take Back Control with IV Ketamine

What is OCD?

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, OCD affects 2.2 million adults within the US population. One-third of affected adults experienced symptoms in childhood.

OCD often presents as a fear of germs or the need to compulsively count things in a certain way. Symptoms of OCD can include compulsive behavior, agitation, aversions to certain things or events, social isolation, and more.

If left untreated, OCD can negatively impact a person’s day-to-day life. The staff at Ketamine Wellness Institute understands how debilitating this condition can be and wants to help patients reclaim control of their lives with the help of IV ketamine therapy.

Contamination

Contamination is a subset of OCD where a person fixates on germs, fearing that they will contract an illness. It is usually accompanied by intrusive thoughts that cause severe anxiety and moments of distress, which can lead to excessive handwashing and avoidance as coping methods.

Checking

Checking involves an obsessive need to check something, regardless of whether it makes sense. For example, someone with a checking compulsion might obsessively check that the stove is off before leaving for work, even though they hadn’t used the stove at all that day. This condition can cause anxiety that then leads to a checking ritual to know for sure that nothing terrible will happen, like the house burning down despite the stove being off all day.

Organization

Organization is a subset of OCD where a person has a cleaning compulsion. Someone with this condition feels compelled to keep everything in a uniform order that, at times, only makes sense to someone with the condition. Their brains may have created the pattern to cope with intrusive thoughts, so if something breaks the pattern or someone disrupts the person’s ‘ideal order,’ it could cause them extreme distress.

The Science Behind IV Ketamine

How It Works

Ketamine has been used worldwide for decades both as a safe anesthetic and rapid pain reliever. Research in the last two decades indicates that ketamine, administered safely via a series of infusions, may relieve the symptoms of depression or other mental health conditions within hours. This is compared to the weeks or months oral antidepressants may take before relief is felt.

Researchers are still looking to determine the exact method of action with IV ketamine infusions. One theory proposes that it stimulates the regrowth of synapses – effectively “rewiring” the brain.

Another promising avenue of research into its effects indicates that it acts on glutamate, an important neurotransmitter that affects how synapses change and learn. This is called neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to change and learn. This could explain ketamine’s strong effect on mood and pain disorders.

Ketamine Wellness Institute is Here for You

How IV Ketamine Can Help

OCD is a condition in which many patients want quick relief.

Thanks to IV ketamine therapy, patients can feel relief after just one infusion instead of the weeks or months that traditional treatment options can take.

“Ketamine represents the possibility to provide rapid symptom relief to OCD patients and may provide the mechanism for future drug development to treat OCD more rapidly and effectively.” –U.S. National Library of Medicine

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