People who are seeking treatment for chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues often believe the only option is counseling and antidepressant medications that have multiple side effects that leave them with additional problems. Many people struggle with those side effects: lack of appetite, insomnia, stomach issues, and fatigue, just to name a few. Psychiatric Wellness Center offers their patients an alternative successful option, Ketamine treatments. As an alternative to typical mood disorder medications, Ketamine treatments have very minimal, short-term side effects, which occur during the treatment process and typically end within hours after treatment. The best part of Ketamine treatments is the long-term success it offers, even to patients who have had treatment resistant depression.
Psychiatric Wellness Center currently offers Ketamine treatments for chronic pain, treatment resistant depression, anxiety, and bipolar in a depressive or mixed state. It has also been successful as an adjunct treatment for patients who are in active recovery from substance abuse and are participating in ongoing outpatient treatment. Ketamine is an FDA approved drug that has been used for a variety of medical procedures since the 1960s. It offers antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and antihyperalgesic effects, making it a great treatment for a variety of mental health and chronic pain disorders.
The science behind the success of Ketamine treatments lies in the Default Mode Network, the part of the brain that is active when we think, daydream, explore the past, and consider the future. When the Default Mode Network is overactive, this “burst mode” causes stress and negative thought patterns, triggering despair and lack of pleasure. Ketamine blocks this bursting pattern and elevates mood by reversing what is known as dendritic atrophy. Dendrites are the appendages of the nerve cells that receive signals from neurons and contain specialized proteins that accept, process, and transfer the signals to the cell body. Chronic, unpredictable stress exposure to those nerve cells during the “burst mode” causes damage to how those cells process and transfer information. By blocking these “burst modes”, Ketamine enhances mental clarity and reduces mental chatter while it stimulates dendrite growth to build new healthy neurons. That is the success behind Ketamine treatments, it does not just treat the symptoms behind mood disorders, it fixes and repairs the brain. This also explains why ketamine treatments offer long-term success, the new healthy neurons allow the brain to experience positive thought patterns and behaviors, ensuring healing benefits that last long after the treatment is over.
Ketamine also effectively treats chronic pain by blocking the pain receptors in the brain and stimulating new growth of those damaged neurons. The many benefits of Ketamine make it an effective treatment for many patients at Psychiatric Wellness Center. A consultation with the counselors at Psychiatric Wellness Center will determine whether you are a candidate for Ketamine treatments. With Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy you have a certified counselor sitting with you during your infusion who guides you through the experience and offers both pre- and post-infusion therapy. Contact Psychiatric Wellness Center today and ask about Ketamine treatment options for your chronic pain, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other mental health issues.
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