While antidepressants help many people recover from mental health conditions, they’re not the right solution for everyone. At her private psychiatry practice in Cincinnati, Teresa M. Anderson, MD, offers innovative ketamine infusion therapy treatments that are effective for treating depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Call Teresa M. Anderson, M.D., Inc., or schedule a consultation online today to learn how ketamine infusion therapy can improve your mental health.
Ketamine is a strong anesthetic and analgesic that’s been used medically since the Vietnam War. Medical researchers and clinicians recently discovered an off-label use for the drug that when delivered via intravenous infusion in small doses, ketamine offers rapid and long-lasting relief from mental health conditions, including:
Dr. Anderson was the first psychiatrist in the state of Ohio to offer ketamine infusion therapy. She finds that in most cases ketamine infusion therapy provides relief from mental health symptoms within hours instead of the months that oral antidepressants often take to regulate moods. Additionally, ketamine infusion therapy doesn’t cause many of the adverse side effects associated with oral antidepressants.
The brain chemistry that regulates your moods and mental health is complex. Many mental health conditions are due to an imbalance of the neurotransmitters that send messages to your brain and body.
Ketamine stimulates the production of glutamate in your brain. Glutamate is an essential amino acid that supports healthy nervous system function. If you have low glutamate levels, your risk of mental health issues such as anxiety disorders and depression increases. As your brain produces more glutamate, it more efficiently regulates the production and effectiveness of other neurotransmitters, reducing your symptoms.
Your ketamine infusion appointment takes around an hour. During your treatment, you relax in a comfortable chair for 40 minutes while you receive the ketamine infusion through an IV drip. You may experience a floating feeling or dissociate during your therapy. These sensations subside soon after your treatment is over.
After your treatment is done, you spend around 15 minutes resting while any dizziness or other side effects wear off before Dr. Anderson releases you to go home. You will need a friend or family member to drive you home after your treatment and should avoid driving or operating any heavy machinery until the following day.
You may experience a reduction in your symptoms after just one treatment. However, in most cases, Dr. Anderson prescribes a series of six sessions over a two-week period. After your initial round of ketamine infusion therapy, you have follow-up appointments with Dr. Anderson, and she may recommend additional infusions to continue your treatment.
Call Teresa M. Anderson, M.D., Inc., or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about ketamine infusion therapy and how it can complement your psychiatric treatment.
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