Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

Ketamine was first identified to act similarly to antidepressants in 1975, when it was created as an anesthetic.

What is Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy?

Ketamine was first identified to act similarly to antidepressants in 1975, when it was created as an anesthetic. Early reports of antidepressant effects from street ketamine users were promising, but they were ignored because it was an illegal narcotic. In the late 1990s, researchers began investigating it in people, with the first trial showing encouraging outcomes for ketamine infusion therapy published in 2000.

The FDA authorized Spravato (esketamine) for treatment-resistant depression (depression that hasn’t responded to at least two medications) in 2019. More than half of people don’t respond4 to the first antidepressant they try, which is more common than you might imagine.

Treatment-resistant mood disorders and chronic pain syndromes have demonstrated encouraging results with ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine infusions have been shown to be useful in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and a variety of chronic pain disorders in clinical research.

Benefits of Ketamine Infusion Psychotherapy

If you’ve taken multiple antidepressants previously, you’ll know that it takes four to six weeks to notice the full effect of the medication—if you notice any at all. A suicidal person does not have the luxury of waiting weeks for a medication to take effect.

Ketamine infusions are supposed to function by increasing the production of glutamate, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Glutamate levels that are too high have been linked to depression. The glutamate increases the brain’s flexibility by causing it to build new connections and repair old ones.

The new neural pathways—think of them as new roads in your brain—allow you to think and act in more favorable ways. Traditional antidepressants, on the other hand, only work for as long as they are in your system.

In one trial, 88% of participants who had a ketamine infusion after the emergency room saw their suicide ideation disappear in 90 minutes.

Conditions We Treat

What can Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Treat?

Ketamine was first identified to act similarly to antidepressants in 1975, when it was created as an anesthetic.

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