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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.

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 This Therapy 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.

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 Therapy Treatments

One-on-One Consultation with an Expert Psychiatrist

A physician will begin by reviewing your medical records and consulting with you about your needs and preferences for treatment.

You will be asked some important questions.

Such as height, weight, age, and medical history as part of your treatment assessment. This information helps the physicians and medical staff prepare your treatment plan.


Ketamine infusions are administered on an outpatient basis.

Ketamine is administered through an IV, and the infusion lasts between 40-50 minutes.

Your treatment environment can have a large impact on your experience of the infusion.

Your clinician may lower the lights, offer an eye mask or aromatherapy, or take other measures to make the setting more comfortable. You might also choose some relaxing music to help you through the onset phase.

Ketamine is administered through an IV.

You will receive treatment in a private room, accompanied by a trained healthcare professional for the duration of the infusion. As the ketamine is delivered at a low and controlled dosage, your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen saturation will be monitored.

IV Ketamine therapy is fast-acting.

Although you remain aware of your surroundings, you will experience deep relaxation. It is important to enter each infusion with a positive mindset and a tranquil setting.

Some patients may experience dizziness, nausea, dissociation or fatigue.

A complete list of possible side effects will be discussed with you prior to treatment. After a treatment session, it is important to have someone available to accompany you home safely.

Your mindset and emotional state before treatment can impact your experience of the infusion.

Prior to every ketamine infusion, we help our patients prepare intentions for their therapy. The stronger and clearer the intention, the more profound it may help the therapy to be.

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.

For more information about the services we offer or whether TMS treatment is covered by your insurance provider, contact us today.

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