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Ketamine Treatments for Anxiety

Best Anxiety Treatment In Salt Lake City

Over 40 million Americans live with anxiety that affects their quality of life. Ketamine SLC offers safe and carefully monitored ketamine therapy as an alternative or supplemental anxiety treatment option. Call Ketamine SLC or schedule a consultation to learn how ketamine can relieve your anxiety symptoms. 

Our clinic is paving the way in the treatment of anxiety for Utah residents. Our staff is fully committed to helping each of our patients find relief and live their best lives. Our ketamine therapy has shown incredible results when other treatments have failed. We would like to invite you to learn more about the benefits of this treatment and discover if this therapy is right for you.

How Does Ketamine Treat Anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural human emotion and one that is intended to preserve our safety. This is the “fight-or-flight” response that keeps us out of potentially harmful situations.

When anxiety reaches a level beyond the normal worry response it becomes an anxiety disorder. While other medications combat symptoms, ketamine therapy will treat the cause of anxiety disorders to help patients get relief from excessive stress.

The big difference with anxiety and depression is that anxiety has a huge involvement with the amygdala. This is the brains organ of anxiety and acute stress. It’s final pathway is the lateral habenula and this is signaled by a burst mode. These transmitters include dopamine and serotonin. Only ketamine is known to reverse this burst mode and provide the dendritic repair that is essential for long term control.

More Information About Anxiety Treatment In Salt Lake City

Utah ranks last in the country when it comes to mental health, according to a report released in 2019 by the Kem C. Garden Policy Institute at the University of Utah.

“There’s been a lot of press about Utah’s suicide rate, but once you pull everything into one place, you can see just what a big problem the state of Utah has in terms of mental health,” said Laura Summers, the institute researcher who wrote the report. “The severity of the problem is worse than I thought going into it.”

Factoring in Utah adults’ high rates of mental illness and low access to care, Utah in 2018 ranked No. 51 in a national analysis of mental health measures by the nonprofit Mental Health America, the report stated.

Adults reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression who had unmet need for counseling or therapy
Source: KFF.org

Among adults in Utah who reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder, 26.6% reported needing counseling or therapy, but not receiving it in the prior four weeks, compared to the U.S. average of 22.5%.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ketamine for Anxiety In Salt Lake City

Originally developed in 1962 as an anesthetic agent, Ketamine became approved by the FDA in 1970 primarily as an induction agent for general anesthesia for surgery for children, adults, and animals.

Ketamine has a remarkable safety track record, hence its use in children and animals alike. Within the last few years, ketamine has been widely used as a highly effective treatment for depression, PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain, and other conditions.

The use of Ketamine in psychiatry is a relatively new practice in the last few years. Many universities and medical organizations have conducted scientific research to find that many patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression,  anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder,, addiction, etc. benefit from Ketamine treatments.

In these types of patients, when Ketamine is administered at a dose significantly lower than the anesthetic dosage often produces a very positive response.

There are three primary advantages of Ketamine treatment:

  1. Safety. Very first safety is key. All our treatments are administered under the direct supervision of a health care professionals. Side effects and contraindications to Ketamine treatments are very few.
  2. Rapid response. Unlike conventional medications that treat depression and other mental and mood disorders, patients respond to Ketamine very quickly. People who benefit from the treatment experience improvement during their first treatment. By the second or third session, treatment is definitive (compared to the several weeks or months it takes for the traditional medications to take effect).
  3. Efficacy. The success rate for those that benefit from ketamine is reported as high as 70-80%, with about 67% being the average, which is much higher than the treatment with conventional antidepressants alone.

For Ketamine shots or infusions, no… not yet. However, the FDA did recently approve Spravato (an esketamine nasal spray), in conjunction with an oral antidepressant as a way to treat depression.

In 1970, the FDA approved Ketamine for human use as an anesthetic medication, but it has come a long way and through much research behind became a widely used off-label treatment that is both safe and effective.

The effects from a single treatment typically last around two weeks. After a series of six treatments, some people could remain symptom free for several months. We also offer the option of booster shots which can be given monthly or a few times per year as needed.

A total of six treatments within a 3 month period is recommended in order to maximize the effects of Ketamine.

Starting our patients off with a six treatment regimen and increasing dosage, we are able to convert Ketamine from a medicine to a friend. Once an individual has developed a relationship with Ketamine, we are able to provide treatments as infrequently as every three months.

The repair and growth of new nerve cells over time is what can lead to long lasting improvements in symptoms. However, the total length of treatment depends on each individual’s unique circumstances.

More Frequently Asked Questions About Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in the United States. It causes persistent, invasive, and often irrational fears and worries that interfere with your day-to-day activities and quality of life. 

Anxiety causes a variety of mental and physical symptoms that range in severity. For example, you may experience:

  • Feeling nervous or on-edge
  • Having a sense of impending danger or doom
  • Feeling like your mind is racing
  • Reduced concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating and trembling
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

Your fears and worries may also lead to behaviors and avoidance that interferes with your ability to perform at work or school. Your anxiety could also interfere with your relationships with friends, family, and loved ones. 

Despite its prevalence, the causes of anxiety aren’t fully understood. However, medical researchers know that several factors can contribute to anxiety. For example, your genetics and brain chemistry can contribute to anxiety. 

Additionally, if you have a family member with anxiety or another mental health condition, you may be more likely to develop anxiety as well. You may have a shared genetic predisposition for anxiety, or you could learn their anxious behaviors. 

Your risk of anxiety is also higher if you have trauma in your past, high stress levels, or if you abuse drugs or alcohol. 

Untreated anxiety can play into later panic attacks, depression, separation anxiety disorder, behavioral problems, drug use, social phobias and even suicide. 

The good news is that seeking help for an anxiety disorder can help people begin to end the damage that their condition is causing to their life.

Traditionally, anxiety is treated with an antidepressant, therapy, or a combination of both. However, up to 40% of patients with anxiety don’t get better with traditional treatments. 

At Ketamine SLC, our team provides customized ketamine treatments as an alternative or supplemental anxiety treatment. 

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