Ketamine for Anxiety Treatment in Salt Lake City
In a 2020 survey, 62% of respondents reported experiencing some degree of anxiety. An estimated 31% of all adults will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their life.
Fortunately, new treatment options like ketamine infusion therapy are giving hope to those who have not been able to manage their anxiety using conventional treatment methods.
Ketamine can provide fast relief for symptoms of anxiety. Unlike many of the current medications and therapies that can take weeks or months to start working, many of our patients report feeling substantial relief after their very first ketamine infusion.
What Causes Anxiety?
Once the anxiety disorder diagnosis has been made it’s crucial to try and determine the cause to ensure that effective treatment can be started. There are a number of possible factors acknowledged by mental health professionals as potential sources of anxiety. They are:
- Stressful Situations
- Family History
- Health Problems
- Substance Use and Abuse
- Mental Health Factors and Learning Disabilities
What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?
- A sense of impending doom or danger
- Increased heart rate
- Rapid breathing
- Physical weakness
- Trouble focusing
- Disruption in sleep patterns
- Gastrointestinal problems
How Does Ketamine for Anxiety Treatment Work?
It is believed that one of the leading causes of anxiety and various other mood disorders is the overactivity of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. Ketamine helps anxiety by attaching to the NMDA receptor and blocking it from being activated by glutamate, a neurotransmitter, thereby helping to mute the effects of anxiety symptoms.
By connecting to those receptors, ketamine may be able to amplify the number of glutamate neurotransmitters in the empty space between neurons. Glutamate then interacts with the AMPA receptors.
Together, these receptors bring about the discharge of multiple molecules that boost the brain’s neuroplasticity – essentially, ketamine infusions allow the brain to reset and restore important nerve connections.
What Does Ketamine Treatment Feel Like?
During your anxiety treatment in Salt Lake City, we go above and beyond to make sure all of our patients feel as comfortable as possible in their own private rooms. Infusions typically last 45-60 minutes for mood disorders, while infusions for chronic pain conditions require a larger dose.
A number of patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this dissociation effect is what aids with your treatment and delivers a positive response to ketamine therapy.
These are all ordinary components of the treatment. You will always remain in a safe atmosphere with our team there to monitor you and be readily available during your infusion.
Does Ketamine Really Work for Anxiety Treatment?
In one recent ketamine research study, ketamine was given to 12 patients with refractory generalized anxiety disorder and/or social anxiety disorder. Within 1 hour of dosing, patients reported reduced anxiety, which persisted for up to seven days, and 10 of the 12 patients responded to treatment.
As the leading ketamine treatment provider in Salt Lake City, we look forward to helping our patients get back to enjoying the things they love to do with the people they love.