Tracy, Ketamine Advocate and KWC Patient: This is one piece from my “K Series” of artwork. Ketamine treatments have influenced my art greatly and enhanced my creativity. Art is something I have always done for a hobby, as it relieves stress and energizes me at the same time. Prior to starting ketamine treatments, I typically painted realistic animals, like pet portraits or wildlife. However, I started experimenting with painting surreal scenes, heavily inspired by where my mind wanders during treatments. Art seems to be the best way to capture experiences which can’t be easily conveyed with words. This particular piece has elements from several mind journeys. Often, I go into a treatment intentionally asking myself a personal question for my subconscious to process. To search for an answer, it feels like my mind wanders to the edge of the universe and back during a treatment. If I’m lucky, I have a sense of enlightenment afterward. This painting captures that feeling of deep enlightenment post ketamine treatment. I should mention that I have chronic pain and disability in both my hands. The ketamine treatments for pain help make painting in moderation possible again.
Music is a powerful tool: it’s been shown to reduce stress hormone levels, regulate blood pressure, and even enhance treatment outcomes for mood disorders. When