Ketamine for OCD Treatment
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is a debilitating disorder that can negatively affect a person’s life in many ways. Ketamine, an anesthetic drug used daily in operating rooms and emergency departments across the globe, is proving to be an effective, low-risk treatment for many mood disorders, including OCD.
Research into Ketamine infusions for treating OCD is still ongoing, but it is generally believed that Ketamine helps to foster connections between synapses and helps to restore damaged connections between nerves (essentially “rewiring” the brain), as well. Because of this, Ketamine infusions are helpful for not only depression or other mental health disorders, but also Neuropathic disorders like Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or fibromyalgia.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine, first developed and approved by the FDA as an anesthetic, is a promising new innovation in the field of OCD treatment.
While you may know it as the club drug often abused as Special K, Ketamine is what some doctors are calling the biggest breakthrough in OCD and depression treatment in decades.
When infused at a low dose into the bloodstream, research shows that Ketamine has extremely efficient at treating OCD.
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.
If you are struggling with OCD and would like to learn more about ketamine infusion therapy, contact us today and schedule your consultation.