When you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you can’t prevent disturbing thoughts or ignore the urgent need to do things to relieve your anxiety. As a result, OCD can cause significant distress and put a halt to enjoying your life. Ken Adolph, MD, and the dedicated team at Illumma in Austin, Texas, specialize in helping you overcome OCD with ketamine infusion therapy. If you’re ready to overcome your OCD and set a new course for your life, schedule a free consultation today. You only need to call or use the online booking system.
OCD is a persistent mental health disorder that causes uncontrollable and distressing thoughts called obsessions. These obsessions compel you to perform specific behaviors in an effort to reduce your anxiety and quell the thoughts. These ritualistic behaviors are called compulsions.
Compulsions may temporarily stop your obsessions and relieve your anxiety, but the unwanted thoughts return. As a result, OCD causes an ongoing cycle of obsessive-compulsive behavior.
Obsessions usually follow a theme. For example, some of the most common obsessions include a fear of germs or of being harmed or a desire to keep things in order.
Compulsive behaviors tend to follow the theme of your obsession. You may frequently wash your hand to get rid of the germs. Or you may feel the need to constantly rearrange items on a shelf even when they’re already in perfect order.
Mental health professionals treat OCD with psychotherapy and medications targeting problems that often accompany OCD, like depression and anxiety.
The problem is that these methods don’t always help. In fact, 10-40% of all people with OCD don’t improve with standard treatment. That’s when ketamine infusion therapy can help.
Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that can be administered in a low or subanesthetic dose. The medication directly affects the glutamate system in your brain.
Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood. It’s also directly involved in building connections between nerves, especially in the region of your brain associated with OCD.
When you receive an infusion of ketamine, it boosts all these pathways, which in turn alleviates OCD symptoms. Ketamine is also proven to lift depression and relieve anxiety.
When you have ketamine therapy, you relax in a comfortable, reclining chair while the Illumma specialists start an intravenous line and begin slowly infusing ketamine.
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, so you may feel removed from your body or experience changes in vision or your thought process. But your highly experienced provider is there at all times to help and adjust your dose if needed.
Ketamine often acts quickly, allowing many patients to notice an improvement in their OCD symptoms after their first session. With a series of six ketamine infusions administered over 2-4 weeks, your results may last for months. Then you only need a booster infusion to restore and maintain your response.
To learn how ketamine can help you overcome OCD, call Illumma or schedule a free consultation online today.