Ketamine Infusion Therapy
“ It’s as if there were a veil over me and the veil was lifted. Before I started to get ketamine I could barely get out of bed. Now I can walk my walk and re-engage in life.”
A lack of intimacy can be downright painful and studies show a cause of depression and anxiety. A happy and healthy relationship can bring so much joy and help you through the stressful times in life however a troubled relationship can be one of the most distressful experiences imaginable. Few things in life compare to those consuming, intense and oftentimes intrusive and/or obsessive thoughts and feelings.
What is Ketamine Treatment?
Ketamine is a schedule 3 dissociative anesthetic, which has shown promising antidepressant effects that are both rapid and robust. It has been safely used for years as the ideal anesthetic in hospitals and medical settings, as it works without suppressing the respiratory function. At lower doses, it can cause an altered perception of sight and sound, pain relief, and dissociative states, similar to an out of body experience. When used under medical supervision, studies have shown ketamine infusions to have significant effects in healing treatment-resistant depression.
How our Ketamine Treatments are Different Than “Ketamine Clinics”
Because Ketamine Infusion Therapy is a relatively new modality in the treatment of depression, there are no standard protocols sanctioned by the Department of Health. At Dr. Ditzell Psychiatry we want to offer this cutting edge treatment to our patients, however, we want to make sure we know what we are doing and are highly skilled in the practice. That being said, Dr. Ditzell went to intensive training with one of the top Anesthesiologists at the Ketamine Institute. He was trained in using ketamine to treat our patients with the proper dosing and scheduling and to feel comfortable and competent in using this treatment modality.
By adding cutting edge ketamine infusion treatments with psychotherapy for treatment resistant depression our patients have seen rapid results. The coaching involved with the psychotherapy/ketamine treatment allows you to take control and turn your stressed life into your best life.
WHAT ARE KETAMINE TREATMENTS USED FOR?
PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Treatment-Resistant Depression, and Addiction.
Ketamine’s potential as an antidepressant was recognized more than a decade ago. Ketamine Infusion Therapy works differently than commonly used antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Effexor, which may explain why people who aren’t helped by standard treatments respond to ketamine when other medications don’t help. Ketamine treatment is an outpatient procedure requiring no hospital admission. Ketamine is also being used to treat neuropathic pain and the symptoms of PTSD. Ketamine has been used in hospitals for the past five decades and has a proven record of safety. The small doses and methods of administration used to treat psychiatric patients differ greatly from those used in hospitals.
HOW DOES KETAMINE TREATMENT WORK FOR DEPRESSION?
The difference between Ketamine and other antidepressants when it comes to Ketamine treatment for depression is that has the ability to go to work right away, unlike most antidepressants, which take weeks, sometimes months, to provide relief.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy is an IV procedure performed in office by Dr. Ditzell. You come into a soothing relaxing environment with our zero gravity chair and soothing music, once you are comfortable Dr. Ditzell will perform the injection. Unlike an injection such as a flu shot, the stick of the IV needle can barely be felt because it will not hit muscle, so there is virtually zero pain involved even for people who are sensitive to needles. Dr. Ditzell will monitor your response during the infusion and you won’t lose consciousness or awareness of your surroundings, as the ketamine dose and rate used for infusions is only a small fraction of what is used in surgery. Also during this process, we combine ketamine treatments with a psychotherapy session so that you get the most time out of a visit with Dr. Ditzell. Helping you with a wellness plan and gearing you up to help you to form a purpose-driven pursuit toward your goals and aspirations to make your life better. Please contact our office to discuss Ketamine Infusion Therapy, and to see if it is right for you.
Our Ketamine Therapy Process
Your first step is to call us to schedule your initial appointment.
Your initial evaluation session provides an opportunity for you to build rapport with the psychiatrist and provide them with some background about yourself and the reasons you are seeking Ketamine Treatment. In addition to seeing if you will be a good candidate for Ketamine Infusion Therapy, they will be able to answer your questions regarding services, confidentiality, and what to expect in treatment. With your best interests in mind, you will decide together what kind of treatment will benefit you the most.
At the end of your first session, if you decide to move forward and work that psychiatrist, you will be asked to schedule further appointments. At your second appointment, you will work with your therapist to set goals for your overall mental health experience and then begin working together towards achieving them.
At Dr. Ditzell Psychiatry our patients have and always will be our number one priority; we take their health and well being very seriously and are pleased to be able to offer Ketamine Infusion Therapy in a manner like no other practice we’ve come across.
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