Fast & Efficient Anxiety Treatment
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Generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, is widespread and affects many of us in the community. Scientific evidence ketamine may be broadly effective across treatment-resistant anxiety spectrum disorders including social anxiety disorder.
Ketamine can have an effect on anxiety relatively quick. Many patients report immediate relief shortly after their first ketamine infusion session.
Symptoms often include:
Ketamine is not the only treatment offered!
During your initial intake, we perform a comprehensive personal review focusing on the biopsychosocial model of medicine.
We strive to find the root cause of your problems and help you with changes in mindset, behavior, and medications/supplements that will allow you to live the life you want.
Other IV Therapy modalities, such as NAD, can be used in conjunction or lieu of ketamine depending on your specific situation
Ketamine has a rapid effect on the brain
Studies demonstrate neurogenesis (growth of new brain cells) and synaptogenesis (new connections between brain cells) within hours of administration. This is why ketamine works so quickly and is broadly applicable to a lot of different brain disorders.
The vast majority of the literature exists on major depressive disorder (MDD) and treatment-resistant depression (TRD), however, there is increasing evidence of its effectiveness in helping individuals that deal with a spectrum of treatment-resistant anxiety disorders and other mental health conditions.
At Relevare, we are proud to be at the forefront of medicine offering ketamine infusions for the application of anxiety and trauma disorders.
Many with anxiety, as expected, are anxious about their treatment experience. We spend time preparing you for your treatments and collaborate closely with a therapist that specializes in ketamine-assisted therapy. We make sure you feel ready to receive your treatments in a relaxing and safe environment.
With an IV we can quickly treat anxiety or any unwanted side effects within seconds. In addition to an inviting environment, we are a fully equipped medical clinic and are ready to act in the unlikely event of an emergency. We offer integration sessions with your treatment series that focus on physiologic fundamentals and we work closely with your psychiatrist and therapist to ensure you get the most benefit from your treatment.
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This is a chance to get out of your head and back into your life! You will be able to visit your anxiety without being fused with that perspective.
If you are dealing with an anxiety disorder, ketamine infusions may be able to help you hit the “reset” button and take back control of your life.
How Does Ketamine Help Treat Anxiety?
Ketamine works, unlike no other medication. Within hours of a subanesthetic infusion, there is evidence, through functional MRI studies, of the formation of new brain cells (neurogenesis) and increased connection between brain cells (synaptogenesis). This is why the effects are so fast and the applications rather broad.
Ketamine is known to act on the NMDA receptor as an antagonist, meaning it blocks the action of that reception. In addition, ketamine also acts on the AMPA receptor (an action of R-ketamine that is missing from the nasal spray S-ketamine). The downstream effect of the action on both these receptors results in modulating signals and decreasing the amount of glutamate, a major neurotransmitter inside the brain.
Glutamate is involved in more than 90% of all excitatory functions in the human brain. This is why it is so useful for so many disorders including anxiety. With the inhibition of glutamate, you get an increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This is huge since it leads to the formation of new neurons (neurogenesis) and new pathways (synaptogenesis).
In addition to its action on NMDA and AMPA as stated above (which is thought to be the primary mechanism), it is also effective on aminergic, opioid, and cholinergic systems. This could also contribute to behavioral and neural network changes, which is exactly what we want. Scientists conducted a randomized, placebo-controlled crossover trial in 2018 that showed a significantly greater reduction in anxiety relative to placebo. A recent systemic review published in 2021 of randomized controlled trials of ketamine in the treatment of refractory anxiety spectrum disorders demonstrates ketamine may be broadly effective across treatment-resistant anxiety spectrum disorders. You can download these two studies and find more educational videos and some of the latest scientific literature visit our science and education page.
Ketamine starts working within hours. The effects of ketamine are fast following an infusion however there is data to show that these effects typically last only a week if a single infusion is done. A full treatment series has more long-lasting results which is why a treatment series of 6 is recommended. We want to make sure that these new brain cells are making the right connections therefore we use integration sessions with your treatments to help you with the right thought patterns and behaviors so that these effects can last as long as possible.
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During Your Ketamine Infusion
Ketamine can make patients sensitive to sound and light therefore each patient gets optional nightshades and noise canceling headphones and a personal tablet where music is streamed. Although a lot of patients, especially those suffering from anxiety, can be nervous about their first treatment, by their second treatment they are feeling a lot more relaxed and looking forward to and more open to the experience. It is definitely a process and different for each of us and we are here to help you if we can. During your intake, we will take the time to explain what to expect and how to set a proper intention for your session. To find out more about the journey visit our Patient Prep page. For even more information we recommend the book A Ketamine Infusion: A Patient’s Guide 2nd edition. It was written in plain language by a ketamine patient herself. We are not affiliated with the author or published, we just found it to be a useful resource.
We are a fully equipped medical facility ready for the unlikely event of an emergency. Dr. Mallek is a board-certified anesthesiologist with extensive experience in situations far more acute than those encountered at our clinic. The clinic is designed to be comforting, and the right setting for the treatments offered.
A Comfortable & Welcoming Environment
We strive to ensure that all of our patients feel welcome and as comfortable as possible during their visit. We provide private rooms for each patient during all our ketamine intravenous treatments. Our patients always remain in a safe atmosphere assisted by our professional medical staff members that provide one-on-one care at all times.
At Relevare, we are dedicated to making you feel heard, taken care of, and relaxed.