Ketamine Infusions: An Innovative Solution For Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Ketamine helps treat OCD for Residents of Los Angeles
Looking for the treatment of OCD in Los Angeles? Obsessions are intrusive, recurrent thoughts that cause distress or anxiety, such as fear of germs or contamination. Compulsions are behaviors that people perform repeatedly to alleviate an obsessive thought. Excessive hand washing, counting, multiple cross checkings are some such examples.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD, is a debilitating disorder that can negatively affect and take over a person’s life. The overwhelming need to avoid germs can restrict a person’s ability to enjoy nature and human contact. An obsession with cleanliness can make a person’s hands go raw from scrubbing too much and too hard. Following inherent rituals repetitively can keep people from getting anywhere on time.
Traditional treatments of OCD generally include SSRI drugs, such as Prozac, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). However, this traditional line of treatment is only effective in a small set of patients. These medications are associated with unwanted adverse side effects, and the response to CBT can be limited based on how deep rooted these behaviors are into a person’s subconscious mind. Residual symptoms usually continue to affect patients, with high relapse rates being common.
Some medical studies have even advocated the use of brain surgery (Deep Brain Stimulation) to treat severe cases of OCD. However, ketamine is emerging as a promising option which is non-invasive, safer, and better tolerated.
While SSRI drugs work on increasing serotonin levels in the brain, Ketamine affects the neurotransmitter called glutamate, that directly coordinates with the part of the brain that directs OCD. Thereby, producing much higher positive results that SSRI or other traditional drugs.
Benefits of Ketamine
IV Ketamine Treatments are an attractive alternative treatment option for those suffering from OCD, depression or other mood disorders. Low dose ketamine infusions can be especially effective to alleviate anxiety, thereby eliminating compulsive behaviors and obsessive thoughts. It helps restore healthy brain function without side effects and help people create healthier habits to cope with daily life.
Recent studies on how Ketamine can help treat OCD reveal that Ketamine can treat comorbid depression which is found in 30-50% of OCD patients. In one study, rapid relief of OCD symptoms was seen in almost 50% of participants after just a single ketamine infusion. Ketamine has also been known to treat symptoms of OCD through its effects on Glutaminergic transmission in the brain.
Ketamine has been known to provide relief within an hour after an infusion. Symptom control is often sustained for many weeks following a Ketamine session, thereby giving lasting results with minimal chances of relapse. About 70% of patients have seen a substantial improvement in their OCD symptoms after IV Ketamine Treatments.
Next Steps and What You Can Do Right Now
If you or your loved ones suffer from the debilitating condition of OCD, or have experienced any symptoms that can be termed as obsessive or compulsive, please give us a call at (424) 332-5550 to schedule a free consultation.We would love to discuss your symptoms and draft a treatment plan accordingly. Pacific Ketamine Institute is the #1 provider for the treatment of OCD in Los Angeles.