What is Ketamine Therapy?
A Breakthrough Medicine of the Mind
The Neuroscience of Ketamine
Bipolar disorder causes alternating feelings of depression and elation. Ketamine therapy can help balance cerebral activity, and may alleviate some of the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Ketamine is effective in treating various chronic pain syndromes, especially those that have a neuropathic component, like fibromyalgia.
Anxiety disorder is highly prevalent in the United States. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, it affects about 40 million Americans, which is approximately 20% of the population. Ketamine therapy plays an important role in the treatment of anxiety. Approximately 30-40% of those seeking treatment for anxiety, do not achieve remission with standard medications and therapies. Ketamine has been proven to effectively treat anxiety in patients with treatment-resistance.
Ketamine is a powerful pain reliever. It has been used as an anesthetic during surgery. Ketamine is safe, especially compared to other anesthetics, because it offers fast-acting pain relief without causing respiratory suppression. There is growing evidence that treatment of chronic pain with ketamine provides prolonged pain relief.
Ketamine can relieve pain caused by spinal cord injuries. Ketamine works by stimulating brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and the growth of neurons in the brain. Researchers have also observed increased synaptic connections in patients treated with ketamine therapy. This neuronal growth and increased neuronal interconnectivity relieve symptoms of spinal injuries.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
More than 3 million US adults suffer from PTSD each year. It is highly prevalent among military personnel, victims of domestic violence, and those who have suffered an accident or another type of traumatic event. Ketamine has been shown to rapidly relieve symptoms of PTSD.
The National Institute of Mental Health lists depression as one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. In a recent study, around 17 million adults in the US had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
However, standard antidepressant and therapy treatments do not work for everyone with depression. Ketamine therapy is a well-established, safe and effective treatment option for those with treatment-resistant depression.
Phantom Limb Pain
Although there is still a lot unknown about phantom limb pain, it is clear that PLP involves both central and peripheral neural factors that activate N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. Ketamine is known to block these NMDA receptors. Because of this, ketamine is considered to be a potentially effective treatment for many neuropathic disorders, including PLP.
Neuralgia is a mild to severe, shooting pain felt along a nerve pathway. Although are different types of neuralgia, they all can affect the ability to perform everyday tasks and can reduce quality of life. If medications and nonpharmacological interventions don’t work, ketamine therapy may be a treatment option for neuralgia. Ketamine is known for its ability to help relieve therapy-resistant chronic pain syndromes, especially those syndromes that have a neuropathic component, including neuralgia.
Extensive research and highly-effective treatment outcomes have greatly contributed to several notable publications about Spravato and IV ketamine therapy, with more being published every day:
- NPR Ketamine for Severe Depression, ‘How Do You Not Offer This Drug To People? 3 Minute Listen.
- NPR From Chaos to Calm: A Life Changed by Ketamine. 6 Minute Listen.
- BBC News Ketamine Has ‘Fast-Acting’ Benefits for Depression. Read More.
- New York Times Johns Hopkins Opens New Center for Psychedelic Research. Read More.
- New York Times Fast Acting Depression Drug, Newly Approved, Could Help Millions. Read More.
- NIMH New Hope for Treatment Resistant Depression: Guessing Right on Ketamine. Read More.
- Washington Post One Time Party Drug Hailed As Miracle for Treating Severe Depression. Read More.
- TIME New hope for depression. Read More.
- Bloomberg How ketamine opens a new era for depression treatment. Read More.
- Forbes Ketamine may reduce depression, suicidal thoughts within hours. Read More.
- Psychiatry Advisor Ketamine: a promising novel therapy for anxiety and PTSD. Read More.
- PsyPost Ketamine may ease depression by restoring the brain’s sensitivity to prediction error, study suggests. Read More.
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Spravato: Esketamine is FDA-approved for adults with treatment resistant depression (TRD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) with suicidal thoughts. The team at Neuro Wellness Spa can assist you in determining your specific insurance coverage for Spravato and out-of-pocket costs.
IV Ketamine: Although IV ketamine is FDA-approved as an anesthetic, it is used off-label to treat mood and chronic pain disorders. At the present time, ketamine infusions for mood and chronic pain disorders are cash pay procedures.
We recognize that there are financial considerations to take into account when starting any treatment. Our team is always available to discuss and answer any questions you may have about your payment options.
For more information about the services we offer or whether ketamine treatment is covered by your insurance provider, contact us today.
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