Ketamine Treatment for Anxiety
“Ketamine plays an important role in the treatment of anxiety disorders,” according to Ellen Diamond Ph.D., Chief Psychologist at Ketamine Wellness Centers.
“People with anxiety disorders are most often treated with traditional antidepressants. These have been around a long time and are all designed to work in basically the same way. It can take weeks to see if drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor will work. If they don’t, more may be tried or different classes of psychiatric medications added and side effects are not uncommon,” Dr. Diamond said.
However, up to 4 out of 10 patients will not achieve control of their symptoms through these traditional therapies.
Ketamine Effective in Top 6 Anxiety Conditions
Ketamine infusion therapy is research-backed, evidence-based, and has a 30-year FDA-approved safety profile. Ketamine infusions are used to successfully treat a range of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), PTSD, and anxious bipolar depression. Unlike traditional medications for anxiety, ketamine infusion therapy is typically effective within hours and symptoms can stay controlled for weeks or months between treatments.
How Ketamine Works
Ketamine infusion therapy works on the neurotransmitter glutamate, often a major player in anxiety and depression disorders. This is thought to explain why ketamine is so quickly effective in previously difficult-to-treat anxiety disorders. Traditional medications have zero impact on the glutamate pathway.
Ketamine infusion is a huge advance in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Optimal ketamine therapy requires one-hour treatments in well-controlled clinical settings staffed by experienced and knowledgeable medical professionals.
As the largest ketamine therapy provider in the country, Ketamine Wellness Centers (KWC) offers coast-to-coast care. Over the past 10 years, KWC has provided safe and successful care in over 50,000 treatments. Each of our clinics combines a healing therapeutic environment with precise, tailored infusions and treatment plans that are individualized to fit you. A medical professional stays with you during every treatment providing continual medical monitoring and that extra level of reassurance.
Each treatment plan starts with comprehensive medical and psychological screening. After treatment, regular follow-ups from our team help track continued control of symptoms. Specialized KWC programs are also available providing support until the day you feel you no longer need it.