What is Ketamine?
“The most important discovery in a half-century” -Ronald Duman, Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University
Ketamine was initially created in the early 20th century as a safer anesthetic for surgery. While it has been successful in that use over time, doctors noticed another effect, people who received Ketamine had an improvement in their moods. Focused research found that low-dose ketamine injections have a remarkable effect in reducing depressive symptoms and Ketamine is now rapidly emerging as a promising new medication for mood disorders. A version of intranasal Ketamine was just approved by the FDA for use in treatment resistant depression.
Traditional anti-depressants often take 4- 8 weeks for a full effect, may have unwanted side effects, and provide a lasting improvement in only 1 of every 3 patients. Ketamine, by contrast, improves symptoms in 75% of patients, can take effect in hours after treatment, and has few demonstrated risks.
Who should consider Ketamine treatment?
Ketamine therapy is an appropriate option for patients who want rapid relief from depressive symptoms and for whom other treatments haven’t been effective in the past. The American Psychiatric Association endorses Ketamine use for several forms of depression: treatment-resistant depression, bipolar depression, and major depressive disorder. It can also be an effective treatment of depressive symptoms associated with PTSD.
Is Ketamine safe?
Ketamine has been shown to be remarkably safe, with few noted side effects. The most common experience with Ketamine is a sense of dreaminess or mild dissociation. With a comfortable setting and appropriate guidance, these effects can not only be tolerated well but may actually be pleasant, personally meaningful, and have possible therapeutic benefit. Those that have issues with motion sickness may experience nausea but this can be prevented a basic medication, if necessary.
What is Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy?
Ketamine is a promising new medication in psychiatric care, and physicians are still studying strategies to get the most benefit from its use. We believe that the presence of a skilled therapist during sessions has potential to deepen the therapeutic relationship and facilitate insight-based therapy in addition to harnessing the known neurobiological benefits of the medication. Our goal is to provide a safe, comfortable environment with the greatest chance of lasting positive change in our patients lives.
If you are interested in Ketamine therapy, you may note this in the attached questionnaire and we will arrange to have a staff member contact you.