Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder where people have obsessive ideas, sensations, or thoughts. The obsessions are usually unwanted and recur frequently. As a result, they are driven to carry out some action – the compulsion – repeatedly. The compulsions can be disruptive to sufferer’s lives and have a serious impact on quality of life, making people feel there is little hope for a normal life. However, Ketamine IV therapy for OCD can offer freedom from symptoms and give people living with OCD back their lives.
What Is Ketamine IV Therapy for OCD?
Numerous research studies have shown ketamine stimulates the elasticity of the brain – the brain’s ability to heal itself naturally. As the brain repairs the neurological causes for OCD, people notice their symptoms decrease.
During the consultation, a psychiatrist reviews your medical records, current treatment regimen, and medications you are currently taking for your OCD. THey will also discuss your preferences and needs and answer any questions you have about ketamine IV therapy for OCD.
Ketamine IV therapy for OCD involves delivering ketamine to the body intravenously in a low dose. Frequently, multiple treatments are required to help the person overcome their OCD symptoms. A typical treatment may involve two to four sessions during the first week. This is followed by a gradual tapering of the treatments over the next two to three weeks. Afterward, treatments are usually continued once or twice per month.
What Are the Benefits of Ketamine for OCD?
One concern with conventional OCD treatments is the use of antidepressants. These medications are often prescribed but generally do not go far enough to treat OCD symptoms. This is generally because people living with OCD may not be depressed. Another problem with antidepressants is it can take months before someone with OCD will find out if the medication is of any benefit to them or not. So in the meantime, they are solely relying upon psychotherapy and counseling sessions while they living with ongoing symptoms.
With ketamine IV therapy for OCD, people with OCD can notice relief from their symptoms in a matter of hours – not months. Patients often report that their obsessions do not feel as strong or even present within a few hours post-treatment in mild to moderate cases.
Do OCD Symptoms Return with Ketamine IV Therapy?
While the obsessive thoughts may return, they do not return to their pre-ketamine IV therapy levels somewhere between a week to two weeks post-treatment. As such, multiple Ketamine IV therapies for OCD ensures their obsessions do not return to their former levels. Additionally, with ongoing maintenance treatments, many patients are less likely to engage in compulsive behaviors that can impact their daily lives. Ketamine IV therapy for OCD provides a viable alternative for alleviating obsessions and compulsions.
Is Ketamine IV Therapy for OCD Beneficial for Severe OCD?
Ketamine IV therapy is equally beneficial for people with severe OCD. Low-dose treatments gradually help alleviate intense obsessions and compulsions. People who undergo ongoing treatments notice their OCD symptoms seem more moderate, and eventually, they can even become mild.
Side Effects of Ketamine Therapy
Additionally, some people may experience side effects from ketamine, which could include:
Fortunately, if there are side effects, they are only minor and quickly dissipate within an hour or two post-treatment.
Ketamine Therapy in Southern California
When you are ready to try a new treatment for your OCD without antidepressants, or when antidepressants are not working, or you dislike the side effects they bring, Ketamine therapy is available at Neuro Wellness Spa in Southern California.
We understand you may have questions about Ketamine therapy and whether it is right for you. To find out, please feel free to contact us to schedule your initial consultation by calling 1-877-847-3984 or contacting us today!