Ketamine Treatment for Anxiety
In recent years, ketamine has emerged as a promising treatment option for anxiety disorders. In particular, research suggests that it may be a viable option for those suffering from treatment-resistant anxiety.
Ellen Diamond Ph.D., Chief Psychologist at Ketamine Wellness Centers explains, “People with anxiety disorders are most often treated with traditional antidepressants. These have been around a long time and are all designed to work in basically the same way. It can take weeks to see if drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor will work. If they don’t, more may be tried or different classes of psychiatric medications added and side effects are not uncommon.”
Up to 4 out of 10 patients will not achieve control of their symptoms through these traditional therapies.
Research on Ketamine for Anxiety Disorders
Ketamine infusion therapy is research-backed, evidence-based, and has a 30-year FDA-approved safety profile. Ketamine infusions are used to successfully treat a range of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and PTSD. Unlike traditional medications for anxiety, ketamine infusion therapy is typically effective within hours and symptoms can stay controlled for weeks or months between treatments.
Summary: At least 1/3 of people who suffer from social anxiety don’t experience significant benefits from standard treatments. In this study, patients who received ketamine therapy experienced significant and long-lasting anxiety relief, suggesting that it could be a promising treatment option with meaningful advantages over other treatments.
Summary: Researchers analyzed eight separate studies that investigated ketamine therapy for anxiety disorders. They concluded that current research supports ketamine’s ability to provide significant relief in patients suffering from social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and other conditions on the anxiety spectrum.
Summary: This study confirmed that ketamine has rapid anxiety-relieving effects, often occurring within the first hour of treatment. Researchers concluded that ketamine can be an effective medication for patients suffering from treatment-resistant anxiety and phobias.
How Ketamine Works
Ketamine belongs to a distinct class of medications that is different from traditional mental health treatments. It stimulates the neurotransmitter glutamate, which is often a major player in anxiety and depression disorders. It also enhances the brain’s neuroplasticity, or our ability to form new habits and change thought patterns. This is thought to explain why ketamine is so quickly effective in previously difficult-to-treat anxiety disorders.
Ketamine’s anxiety-relieving effects are twofold: the infusion itself tends to bring feelings of deep relaxation, but it also “rewires” the brain to produce long-term relief from anxiety symptoms.
Treatment at Ketamine Wellness Centers
As the largest ketamine therapy provider in the country, Ketamine Wellness Centers (KWC) offers coast-to-coast care. Over the past 10 years, KWC has provided safe and successful care in over 50,000 treatments. Each of our clinics combines a healing therapeutic environment with precise, tailored infusions and treatment plans that are individualized to fit you. A medical professional stays with you during every treatment providing continual medical monitoring and that extra level of reassurance.
Each treatment plan starts with comprehensive medical and psychological screening. After treatment, regular follow-ups from our team help track continued control of symptoms. Specialized KWC programs are also available providing support until the day you feel you no longer need it.