Break-Through Solutions for Mood Disorders and Treatment-Resistant Depression
Ketamine treatment offers hope to those with severe depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, and eating disorders.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a safe, legal medication originally used as a dissociative anesthetic. As a dissociative, it alters sensory perception, physical senses like sight and sound, and creates feelings of being in an observing point of view of yourself and your environment. As an anesthetic, it temporarily dulls sensation, including pain, by temporarily softening nervous system responses.
When used therapeutically, ketamine creates an altered state of consciousness that promotes a sense of calm, openness and vulnerability, and temporarily softens the ego.
How it Works...
Ketamine has been shown to stimulate neuron growth in the brain as quickly as one hour. Many scientists studying Ketamine focus on the neurotransmitter glutamate, which plays an important role in neural activation. The increase in glutamate can cause a cascade effect of increased neural activity and communication in the brain-the areas of the brain which have shut down due to anxiety and depression, are suddenly awakened.
- Increases neurotransmitter activity
- Improves cell signaling
- Increases translation of neurotrophic proteins (BDNF)
- Increases Generation of Synapses (Synaptogenesis)
- Reverses neuronal atrophy
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Over the past several years, a number of published research studies have shown that a series of 6 infusions over 2-3 weeks of low dose Ketamine can lead to rapid improvement of severe depression. These studies regularly report a 70% success rate or higher. Yale University, The Mayo Clinic, Mt. Sinai Medical School, The National Institute of Mental Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, and The Black Dog Institute are just a few of those institutions who have conducted studies.
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Many find ketamine infusions relaxing and peaceful with visuals of colors, geometric patterns, and synesthesia between music and your senses. It is also not uncommon for patients to describe having an out-of-body experience during their session.
At Forum Health, we use the lowest possible therapeutic doses which typically allows recall of the entire session
After a Ketamine session, patients typically emerge with a newfound sense of wholeness, calm, and empowerment to live life to its fullest. Old habits, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and limiting thought patterns are left behind.
Current pharmaceutical options for depression and anxiety tend to lose their efficacy over time and require either an increase in dosage or the addition of another adjunct medication which can come with adverse side effects.
We do not accept insurance at this time. However, we can provide a super bill, including procedure codes, that you may submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. We are unable to guarantee reimbursement for services rendered.
We offer a comprehensive, one hour intake appointment with our nurse practitioner prior to starting ketamine therapy. This appointment includes a comprehensive medical history and physical exam to identify and address any potential health issues prior to starting ketamine therapy. Strict contraindications: allergy to ketamine, recent TBI, history of psychosis, bipolar disorder with active mania. Relative contraindications: severe respiratory compromise, personality disorders, severe kidney disease, severe liver disease.
Ketamine therapy has demonstrated to be effective for treatment resistant depression, anxiety, OCD and PTSD. Ketamine therapy is often effective when SSRIs (antidepressants) have failed because ketamine works differently in the body. Antidepressants work on neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine. Conversely, Ketamine binds to a receptor in the brain called a NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate). This binding blocks a part of the glutaminergic system called glutamate. Glutamate dysfunction has been correlated to mood disorders in clinical studies.
Every individual is unique and will therefore have a unique ketamine experience. However, you will likely experience a sensation of heaviness, or even decreased awareness of your body. Ketamine experiences are often filled with colors and geometric shapes, as well as a heightened awareness of sound and music. Additionally, time is experienced differently under the effects of ketamine. A 40-minute session may feel much longer. Your guide is present to help you interpret your experience. Several common descriptors of the ketamine experience include; “calm”, “one-ness”, and “peaceful”.
Here at Forum Health, we go above and beyond the industry standard to ensure your safety during infusion. We use the lowest possible therapeutic doses, which serves to nearly eliminate uncomfortable side effects. Also, you will be monitored throughout the entire session, using state-of-the-art medical equipment to ensure your well-being during infusion. Additionally, we provide a thorough, one-hour medical intake prior to initiating therapy in order to identify and address any potential health risks before your first infusion.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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