Ketamine For OCD

Fast & Efficient OCD Treatment in Gallatin, TN

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. Sep 19, 2021. Fortunately, Three Rivers Wellness can help clients find peace of mind and substance in life.

If you have tried other treatments and therapies that have provided little to no relief, then you might be a good candidate for ketamine infusion therapy, a new treatment option for those battling OCD symptoms.

Ketamine Infusions for OCD Treatment

Ketamine infusions for depression are quickly becoming one of the most popular treatment options for various mood disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and bipolar disorder.

Unlike many traditional medications like SSRIs which can take months to start working, ketamine therapy offers patients relief quickly, with some individuals reporting relief within a few hours of their first infusion session.

What are the Symptom Subtypes of OCD?

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Contamination Obsession with Washing and Cleaning Compulsion:
Identified by obsessive notions about contamination and compulsions of extreme cleaning or washing.

Harm Obsessions with Checking Compulsions:
Identified by obsessive thoughts about potential damage to yourself or others, and compulsions including checking rituals to relieve your anxiety

Symmetry Obsessions with Ordering/Arranging/Counting Compulsions:
Characterized through obsessive thoughts about symmetry and compulsions to make every little thing orderly until they are "perfect".

Obsessions Without Visible Compulsions:
Identified by intrusive thoughts about religious, intimate, or aggressive themes. Triggers pertaining to these themes are typically avoided as much as possible.

Hoarding:
Characterized through obsessive anxieties about getting rid of items or belongings that you may need one day.

How Does Ketamine Help Treat OCD?

Scientists believe that ketamine infusions help OCD symptoms by rapidly boosting the activity of glutamate, a neurotransmitter inside the brain’s frontal cortex, while also allowing new pathways to form in the same area.

The rapid onset of ketamine’s anti-anxiety effect occurs because ketamine bypasses the conventional serotonin path, instead switching on glutamate.

This is remarkably different from conventional anxiety treatments, which initially boost serotonin activity levels in several different areas of the brain to then ultimately affect glutamate. This process can take weeks or even months, while ketamine infusions can provide rapid relief from OCD symptoms.

Are There Any Adverse Effects of Ketamine?

As a new treatment option for OCD, ketamine has a few minor side effects. These can include a dream-like feeling, double or blurred vision, lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting, and slight anxiety feelings after being given a dose. This treatment method is not in development because this is an FDA-approved drug utilized for “off-label” or less typical use.

An “off-label” use indicates that it is a treatment that the FDA did not initially authorize. The FDA approves prescription medications only for specific uses, but most medications at some point develop off-label uses as a result of the clinical experience that develops in time.

As a good example, the medication Prazosin’s purpose was to treat hypertension in 1976. Still, it is now also used to treat nightmares in individuals with PTSD, a use that was not initially approved.

Where Will I Receive My Ketamine Infusions?

During treatment, we go above and beyond to make sure all of our patients feel as comfortable as possible in their own private rooms. Infusions for mood disorders can typically last 40-60 minutes, while chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia require a larger dose and can take 2-4 hours.

A number of our clients refer to a “dissociation” effect and the majority of our patients take pleasure in this sensation. For a large number of patients, this disconnection effect is what aids with your treatment and delivers a positive response to your ketamine therapy.

This is all an ordinary component of the treatment and you will always remain in a safe atmosphere with our team to monitor you and be readily available to you in any way during your infusion.

Is Ketamine Treatment the Right Solution for You?

Are you ready to take back control of your life? Tired of trying one medication after the other to only be left with those same feelings of depression? Then ketamine infusions might be a great option for you. 

Contact Three Rivers Wellness in Gallatin, TN, to request your consultation and learn more about how ketamine therapy for OCD treatment can change your life.

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