Ketamine for OCD Treatment
Innovative New Treatment For OCD
The field of mental health treatment has expanded greatly in the last ten years. Innovative new mental health treatments are popping up all the time, and treating your own personal mental health disorder is becoming further and further desensitized. OCD is one of the top 20 causes of illness-related disability, and in the United States, about 1 in 40 adults and 1 in 100 children have OCD. The first step to finding treatment for your OCD is to understand and learn more about your own mental health condition.
Ketamine, which some doctors are calling the biggest breakthrough in depression treatment in fifty years, is able to provide relief from the symptoms of OCD within minutes, rather than the weeks a typical antidepressant may take. If you or a loved one is suffering from OCD, please call us today to help determine if Ketamine infusion can help you find relief.
How Does Ketamine Help With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
Exactly how Ketamine treats OCD and other mental health disorders is still being researched. The current understanding is that Ketamine binds to receptors in the brain and helps increase the amount of glutamate (a neurotransmitter) that is released. This will then set off a chain of reactions within the brain that affects thinking and emotional regulation.
To put this in simpler terms, the brain reacts to Ketamine in a way that triggers hormones that help create more positive emotions. This can occur within minutes after a person receives their infusion, but some people may need several treatments before they experience the highest level of benefits.
What Are The Symptom Subtypes of OCD?
Contamination Obsession with Washing and Cleaning Compulsion: Characterized by intrusive thoughts about contamination and compulsions of excessive cleaning or washing.
Harm Obsessions with Checking Compulsions: Characterized by obsessive thoughts about possible harm to yourself or others, and compulsions involving checking rituals to relieve your distress.
Symmetry Obsessions with Ordering/Arranging/Counting Compulsions: Characterized by obsessive thoughts about symmetry and compulsions to make everything orderly until they are “just right”.
Obsessions without Visible Compulsions: Characterized by intrusive thoughts about religious, sexual, or aggressive themes. Triggers related to these themes are typically avoided as much as possible.
Hoarding: Characterized by obsessive fears of losing items or possessions that you may need one day.