New OCD Treatment in Arvada Offers Fast Relief
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects 2.2 million adults or 1.0% of the U.S. population. OCD is equally common among men and women. The average age of onset is 19, with 25 percent of cases occurring by age 14. One-third of affected adults first experienced symptoms in childhood. Fortunately, Relevare can offer intravenous ketamine treatments shown to help clients find relief from symptoms of OCD.
If traditional treatment options have failed you there is a chance that ketamine therapy might be of benefit in helping you manage your symptoms. A proof of concept randomized controlled trial done in 2013 demonstrated that ketamine showed a rapid reduction in obsessions during the infusion and those effects persisted 1-week post-infusion compared to placebo. A Harvard review conducted in 2022 analyzed nine different studies looking at the effects of ketamine on OCD. They do note the need for future randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials in order to further determine the mechanism and optimal dosing and psychiatric interventions that are most effective. It is important to remember that most of the data exist for depression and that some patients with OCD had phenomenal results whereas others did not. At Relevare we couple your ketamine treatments with interventions in order for patients to get the most out of their treatments.
Contact us today to schedule your free 15min consultation with Dr. Mallek to see if Ketamine treatment is right for you.
Restore Your Life
Ketamine treatment is quickly becoming a go-to treatment option for those who failed conventional treatments for OCD.
Our mission is to help restore hope and allow you to live a fulfilled and dignified life.
How Does Ketamine Help Treat OCD?
The exact mechanism for ketamine treatment OCD is still being understood. There are functional MRI studies demonstrating that the downstream effects of ketamine treatments help with neurogenesis (growth of new brain cells) and synaptogenesis (new connections between brain cells) shortly after the infusion. This is why ketamine has such a broad application in mental health and neuropathic pain-type disorders.
Chemically ketamine modulates glutamate activity, and glutamate is present in 90% of excitatory brain connections, the applications are 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 Esketamine). 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 as previously mentioned. With the inhibition of glutamate, you get an increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which stimulates new brain cells to grow.
This unique mechanism contributes to ketamine’s fast action. The effects of ketamine are fast following an infusion however a full treatment series coupled with integration sessions where we will implement helpful behavioral changes has the highest potential for long-lasting relief. This process usually takes weeks, sometimes months, while ketamine produces an almost instant result and relief from OCD symptoms.
During Your Ketamine Infusion
We strive to ensure all of our patients feel as comfortable as possible in their private, themed rooms during treatment. We promise individualized care and our full attention. 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 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.
We Can Help
If your OCD prevents you from living the life you want to live despite conventional therapy and treatments then ketamine could be right for you.
Contact Relevare today for your free phone consultation to learn how ketamine can help you.
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