It is estimated that roughly 12 % of US citizens today suffer from some form of social anxiety. To make matters worse, many of diagnosed patients do not respond to traditional therapies and medications, leaving them without viable treatment option. However, recent clinical trials confirmed rapid and positive effects of ketamine infusions, even in those cases where patients do not respond to traditional treatment, enabling them to improve their general health and allowing them to make positive changes in their relationships, social life and work.
Baltimore Ketamine Clinic in Maryland is specialized in providing ketamine infusions to patients in need, enabling those suffering from anxiety and other treatment-resistant conditions regain control over their lives. As more information becomes available from ketamine clinical trials and studies, its recent growth in popularity in battling various mental illnesses doesn’t come as a surprise.
How does Ketamine Help with Anxiety?
Ketamine has been used for quite some time as a dissociative anesthetic, with primary objective to sedate patients and block pain during medical procedures. As it continued to show positive effects in patients outside of surgery, clinicians worldwide increased the research of this agent and application of its beneficial properties.
Its soothing effects are particularly remarkable in patients suffering from a range of mental illnesses. It is noted that the anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects continue to improve the mood of the patients even after ketamine leaves their system and can last up to 2 weeks after administration.
Multiple trials conducted with patients suffering from anxious depression showed that ketamine infusions had excellent results in treating their symptoms. This presents ketamine as a viable solution for those battling these illnesses, especially those who don’t respond to traditional forms of treatment and medications.
There is a number of ways a patient can receive ketamine. However, infusions have proven to be the most effective method for most. They are administered by trained professionals who are familiar with patients’ previous treatments and symptoms.
Ketamine infusion sessions usually last between 40 and 50 mins, during which patients are monitored and dosages adjusted on need basis. Majority of patients who receive the infusion, report considerable improvement within the first few treatments. The initial treatment usually consists of 6 infusions administered over 3 weeks. Follow-up treatments are on as needed basis.
According to a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, patients who suffered from treatment-refractory anxiety and received weekly maintenance ketamine dosages over a course of 3 months, showed significant improvement in work and social functioning.
If you are suffering from severe anxiety that is treatment-resistant, contact us for free consultation. We will examine your symptoms and determine if ketamine is a viable treatment option for your particular case.