Psychedelic therapy is a type of holistic mental health treatment includes psychedelic medicines to induce an altered state of consciousness. Psychedelics have been used for spiritual, healing, or religious purposes for thousands of years, but their therapeutic potential wasn't explored in a clinical setting until the 1950s.
Yes, ketamine therapy is considered a form of psychedelic therapy. It is commonly used in clinical settings for its therapeutic potential, particularly in the treatment of mental health conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety.
Since the 1970's, doctors have been using ketamine therapy as an off-label treatment for depression and anxiety disorders as well as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder and alcoholism among other mental health challenges.
Currently, the most common branch of psychedelic therapy used for healing trauma is ketamine therapy, which works by temporarily blocking the brain's ability to process sensory information. This process has the potential to allow those who have experienced trauma or are struggling with negative emotions associated with their past experiences to access their memories without feeling overwhelmed by them.
Ketamine therapy may also enhance a person's mood and improve mental function; which may help some people process trauma in ways that traditional therapy does not.
A condition marked by severe anxiety and stress, PTSD can develop after a person experiences a traumatic event. It's often characterized by flashbacks, nightmares and an exaggerated startle response--a reaction to loud noises or sudden movements that may seem out of place in everyday life.
It's estimated that 7-8% of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, making it one of the most common mental health disorders in America today. While there are treatments available for people who have been diagnosed with PTSD (including talk therapy), many people don't seek treatment because they don't know they have the disorder or feel too ashamed to talk about their experiences with others.
Ketamine therapy for PTSD has shown promise in helping individuals process trauma and alleviate related symptoms. Here are some ways in which ketamine therapy may assist in trauma processing:
Our doctors specialize in ketamine therapy for veterans and can educate you on how ketamine therapy treatments work, the risks and benefits, and continued care. We have several different treatment options available:
Spravato (generic name: esketamine) is a nasal spray medication that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2019. It's a variant of the drug ketamine, a powerful anesthetic that has been used medically for decades and is also abused recreationally in some contexts. Esketamine is used in conjunction with an oral antidepressant to treat adults with treatment-resistant depression (TRD), meaning they have not responded to other treatments. It is also used for adults with major depressive disorder who have suicidal thoughts or actions.
Ketamine therapy targets the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain, which plays a role in mood regulation.
Better U provides at-home ketamine therapy and in-office IV ketamine therapy treatments to help process trauma.
There are differences between Spravato (in-office and typically insurance covered) and ketamine IV or ketamine injection and ketamine troches (lozenges).
Ketamine therapy at-home lozenges offer several advantages over intravenous (IV) ketamine therapy in terms of convenience, cost, and ease of administration. Here are some reasons why oral ketamine therapy lozenges are considered easier, more convenient, and less expensive:
While oral ketamine therapy lozenges provide convenience and cost benefits, it is important to note that the bioavailability is different. Ketamine IV's are nearly 99% absorbed, while sublingually is around 25% (which means that a patient must take more i.e IV 100MG is roughly 400MG for ketamine lozenge absorption).
We know that it can be difficult to process trauma and mental illness. We also know that there are many different treatments out there for these conditions, so it's important to educate yourself about what is right for you. It is important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all solution and you should always talk with your doctor about what options might work best for you. If ketamine therapy sounds like something worth exploring, then we recommend starting by reading this article from our blog which explains what psychedelic therapy involves and how it works!
If you think ketamine therapy may be a good option for your journey, take our two minute assessment here. We offer ketamine therapy for anxiety and depression, among other psychiatric disorders, and one of our trained professionals will help you determine if this is the right next step in your journey.
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