Ketamine Treatment for Anxiety in Southern California

Intravenous (IV) Ketamine therapy is proven to relieve symptoms of many psychiatric disorders. As a leading IV Ketamine provider, Neuro Wellness Spa has helped countless patients struggling with anxiety. 

IV ketamine therapy is coordinated by Dr. Martha Koo, Neuro Wellness Spa’s Medical Director. She is an active member of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians. A leading authority on psychiatric disorders for over 20 years, Dr. Koo is passionate about using IV ketamine to help her patients with anxiety. 

What is Ketamine IV Therapy?

Millions of people suffer from chronic and debilitating physical and psychiatric disorders, including anxiety and depression. However, many of these conditions may stop responding to medications, like anti-depressants, and other therapies. IV ketamine therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for people who suffer from treatment-resistant:

 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Acute suicidality
  • PTSD
  • Chronic pain

 

Physicians have used Ketamine for over 50 years as an anesthetic. However, new research indicates its effectiveness in other applications too.

Researchers at Mass General Hospital conducted the largest study of IV ketamine therapy. They found that over 70% of patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression experienced symptom relief with IV ketamine therapy. This study, along with a growing number of others, is a major finding that demonstrates the effectiveness of IV ketamine for those who have tried standard treatments but haven’t responded adequately.

What is Ketamine IV Therapy?

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Millions of people suffer from chronic and debilitating physical and psychiatric disorders, including anxiety and depression. However, many of these conditions may stop responding to medications, like anti-depressants, and other therapies. IV ketamine therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for people who suffer from treatment-resistant:

 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Acute suicidality
  • PTSD
  • Chronic pain

 

Physicians have used Ketamine for over 50 years as an anesthetic. However, new research indicates its effectiveness in other applications too.

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Researchers at Mass General Hospital conducted the largest study of IV ketamine therapy. They found that over 70% of patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression experienced symptom relief with IV ketamine therapy. This study, along with a growing number of others, is a major finding that demonstrates the effectiveness of IV ketamine for those who have tried standard treatments but haven’t responded adequately.

How Is Anxiety Treated with IV Ketamine Therapy?

Traditionally, anxiety is treated with serotinergic and/or GABAergic medications. For example,

  • SNRI’s (selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors)
  • SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
  • Atypical serotonin agents (mirtazapine, buspirone)
  • gabapentin
  • Benzodiazepines (clonazepam, lorazepam)

In addition to medications, doctors may also recommend cognitive-behavioral or mentalization-based therapies. 

If medications and nonpharmacological interventions don’t work, IV Ketamine therapy may be the answer. It is known for its ability to help relieve treatment-resistant anxiety. 

Ketamine was originally approved by the FDA as an anesthetic. Today, it can be used to treat psychiatric disorders. 

So how does the ketamine for anxiety work?

A trained nurse distributes ketamine to the body through an IV. Dosage depends on body weight. NWS follows the accepted guideline of 0.5mg/kg body weight for the initial infusion.

The entire process occurs in a controlled medical setting and patients are continuously monitored. 

Delivered at a slow and controlled rate, the procedure is very safe. IV ketamine does not suppress the respiratory or cardiovascular systems. Patients won’t hallucinate or become unconscious. Few, if any, side effects result. Patients may briefly feel disoriented, nauseous, or sensitive to light and sounds for the first minutes after the infusion stops. 

Ketamine stimulates brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and the growth of neurons in the brain. Researchers have also observed increased synaptic connections in patients treated with IV Ketamine therapy. This neuronal growth and increased neuronal interconnectivity relieve symptoms of anxiety. 

Some anxiety disorders treated by IV Ketamine therapy include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

What Is Anxiety?

For the average person, anxiety is a typical and healthy emotion. For instance, it is normal to experience nervousness before a test or job interview. 

Disproportionate levels of anxiety, however, are medical disorders. They are categorized by excessive worry, nervousness, apprehension, obsessions, sleep disturbance and fear. 

These disorders influence how one behaves and processes emotions. They can also cause physical symptoms such as skin rashes, gastrointestinal discomfort and migraines.  

Anxiety comes in many different forms. Mild cases can be intermittent and cause slight discomfort. More severe cases can be debilitating and prevent normal day-to-day life. 

Causes of the disorder are complicated. There can be many contributing factors but some common causes include:

  • Environmental stressors (work, relationship, or family problems)
  • Symptoms of a different disease
  • Side effects of a medication 
  • Genetics
  • Withdrawal from illicit substances

Those with anxiety respond to treatment differently. Some are helped with medications. Others benefit from traditional therapy. 

There are many cases of treatment-resistant anxiety. These occur when symptoms do not respond to the typical treatment options. 

In such cases more novel therapeutic interventions should be considered. IV Ketamine therapy is known for helping relieve treatment-resistant anxiety. 

Anxiety Statistics

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America presents informative statistics regarding anxiety. In the U.S., anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders. Every year, anxiety disorders affect approximately 18% of adults. Anxiety is treatable, but only 36.9% of sufferers seek treatment. 

Traditional medications do not work for everyone. 30-40% of patients with anxiety won’t achieve remission with medications.  

If traditional medications work at all, they may take 6-12 weeks to relieve anxiety. With IV Ketamine therapy, patients may experience improvements within 24 hours of their first treatment session. This improvement wanes over the subsequent 24-48 hours, but as the IV ketamine protocol continues, symptom relief is sustained. 

Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety

What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety? 

  • Uneasiness
  • Nervousness
  • Agitation
  • Fear
  • Confusion
  • Decreased cognition
  • Avoidant behavior
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Suicidal thoughts

Physical symptoms are also common:

  • Sweaty palms
  • Shaky voice
  • Muscle tension
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue

Depending on the severity of symptoms, anxiety can be debilitating and severely disruptive to day-to-day life.

How Does Ketamine Therapy for Anxiety Feel?

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we administer low levels of ketamine in a controlled environment.

 

Ketamine can be used an anesthetic during surgery. However, the dosage we use during therapy is much lower. Patients do not lose consciousness or experience hallucinations during their sessions.

 

At such a low dosage, ketamine’s side effects will be very mild. When the drug is abused, individuals could experience a “trip” and hallucinate. However, at Neuro Wellness Spa we use FDA-approved doses and closely monitor our patients to make sure they are comfortable and relaxed.

What can I Expect During IV Ketamine Anxiety Treatment?

When you are first admitted into a ketamine treatment center,

A physician will begin by reviewing your medical records and consulting with you about your depression. There will also be a physical examination.

A person should be in good health to receive a Ketamine infusion.

However, there are almost no conditions which would prevent a person from being able to receive the treatments. If a patient has high blood pressure or a heart condition, this may need to be rectified before treatment can proceed.

Patients will be asked some important questions.

Such as height, weight, age, medical history and more as part of your treatment assessment. This information helps the physicians and medical staff to prepare your treatment plan. It is important to disclose all information that is requested to ensure a smooth treatment administration.

Ketamine infusions are typically administered on an outpatient basis.

The medication is administered through an IV, and the session lasts between 40-50 minutes.

The environment you encounter during your treatment can have a large impact on your experience of the infusion.

Although it does not affect the treatment outcome, some patients do struggle with anxiety or fright as the drug takes effect. Your physician may lower the lights or take other measures to make the setting more comfortable. You might also choose some relaxing music to help you through the onset phase.

The medication will then be administered through an IV.

Usually inserted into the arm, wrist, or hand. Little pain is involved because the needle is injected very near the surface of the skin. As the ketamine is delivered at the correct dosage, your blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen saturation are all monitored.

You will feel the effects of the ketamine very quickly.

Although you remain aware of the immediate surroundings, you will be unable to do basic things like stand up or hold a normal conversation.

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During the first treatment and perhaps subsequent treatments, patients may experience dizziness, nausea, confusion, loss of appetite, sleeping problems, and even fatigue.

It can be difficult to stand or sit up during or after treatment. If you are receiving outpatient infusion therapy, it is important to have someone accompany you to transport you home after your treatment. A complete list of possible side effects will be provided to you prior to your treatment session. If you experience any side effects, let your doctor know right away.

You may also improve your infusion experience by cultivating the right mindset and emotional state before entering treatment.

Although the side effects are not severe, there is no harm in eliminating as many as you can. Learning how the treatment works can go a long way toward overcoming any anxieties you might have. Also, trust that you have chosen a physician with the training and experience to guide you safely through the process. On a final note, be aware that neither the sensation of treatment nor your mental state during the process meaningfully impacts the therapeutic outcome of the treatment. Research suggests that the depression and anxiety relief arise from long-term physical and chemical changes that take place in the brain in response to the ketamine—not the experience or sensation. This means you will still benefit even if you have some apprehension about the process.

Contact Neuro Wellness Spa

If you or a loved one is suffering from anxiety, it’s easy to become frustrated by the lack of effective treatments. It might feel as if you have tried everything and will never get relief. At Neuro Wellness Spa, IV Ketamine treatment might be the solution. 

IV Ketamine is proven to help relieve treatment-resistant anxiety. Contact NWS today to learn more about this therapy. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about the therapy and the effects following treatment.

Call us at 1-877-847-3984 or fill out our contact form to begin your initial consultation.

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