Treating Generalized Anxiety, Does Ketamine Work?

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Is there a cure for Anxiety?

Many people believe that there’s no cure for anxiety. That anxiety is a lifetime disorder that will just get worse and worse. This, however, is not entirely true. Ketamine has been proven as a successful drug that helps anxiety sufferers. The most successful administration of the drug can be seen intravenously.

What does it treat?

Not only does ketamine treat anxiety but it’s also used for other mental disorders such as bipolar depression, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia. This drug can be given through other ways such as orally, sublingually, intramuscularly and even rectally but the effect would not be the same.

How are you treated?

According to Ketamine Treatment Centers, the best way to take ketamine so it can have full effect is directly through the veins. Orally and all the other methods mentioned above, would cause the medication to take longer to process throughout the body. Why is ketamine known as one of the best drugs for anxiety? It is due to its quick onset. The positive effects begin in as little as an hour compared to other drugs who take hours and hours to take effect. Another positive effect of ketamine is that if unwanted side effects are seen, the drug can be stopped and the side effects are terminated within 15 minutes.

What are the side effects?

This is a major downside to their drugs due to their inability to stop so quickly. Side effects that are caused by other medications take hours to stop or even require more medication in order to stop the unwanted, secondary effects. Ketamine has worked wonders for those who struggled with depression or anxiety. Even after the medication is stopped, its effects are felt for days and sometimes may even last a month. My first question was how does ketamine actually work on the body? Is it safe to take? After much research, I found that ketamine works at the synaptic level and it increases the amount of connections that are located in the brain. The increase in connections increases the transmission of nerve signals throughout certain, specific areas of the brain. The new connections help the body release serotonin which is the drug that helps one feel good.

How does the treatment feel?

What is it like to endure a ketamine treatment placed in an IV. It is said that the medication will instantly reach your brain and the patient will feel extremely relaxed. It is almost like you’re sleeping while wide awake. This may sound scary but many patients who have done the treatment have stated that the experience is quite pleasant. The experience felt is known as dissociation. Dissociation is when one feels an “out of body” experience. You slightly lose awareness of your body due to the extreme relaxation. Although you’re experiencing all of this relaxation, the mind still remains fully active.

One will most likely go through anxious thoughts but will feel no physical anxiety. This may sound scary to many but this is a common procedure that can be discussed with your physician. They will instruct you on how your body might react and if there are other ways to treat your anxiety or depression without having to turn to ketamine!

Sources https://ktcpartnership.com/2017/01/ketamine-infusions-depression-anxiety-mood-pain-conditions-route-administration-matter/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3717203/ http://howtousepsychedelics.org/ketamine/

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