Severe anxiety can be debilitating. When the impossible seems inevitable, the walls seem to be coming in, and overwhelming thoughts are constant, it can be nearly impossible to live life. Many who suffer with severe anxiety feel like they must accept this “new reality.”
Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be normal. Ketamine infusions offer a safe, trusted, and effective treatment for severe anxiety that provide lasting, relieving, and reliable results. Keep reading below to see if ketamine treatments are right for you.
Do I Have Anxiety?
While everyone experiences forms of anxiety to a certain degree at various points in their lives, not all anxiety is normal nor healthy. The American Psychological Association describes anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” When these symptoms are out of proportion to reality, constant, and interfere with daily living, it’s likely that the individual is struggling with severe anxiety.
Severe anxiety can cause people to avoid certain situations, even everyday ones, due to excessive worry. More often than not, these symptoms manifest physically, causing additional anxiety and stress to the individual. The APA describes common symptoms of anxiety as “sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.” For some, panic attacks are sign of severe anxiety.
If you are struggling with severe anxiety, it is important to talk to your primary care physician about your symptoms and experiences. They may prescribe you medication and/or find you additional help. If you are currently on medication, and/or have tried medication and found it ineffective or worsening symptoms, then ketamine infusions offer hope.
How Can Ketamine Help Anxiety?
Ketamine infusions are administered by highly trained, licensed infusion specialists who deliver the treatment via IV. Since ketamine contains glutamate, an excitatory nuerotransmitter, ketamine acts as an “ionotropic glutamatergic N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist.” As Psychiatry Advisor puts it: “Its antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects are presumed to occur through activating synaptic plasticity by increasing brain-derived neutrophic factor translation and secretion and also by inhibiting glycogen synthase kinase-3 and activating mammalian target of rapamycin signaling.” In short, ketamine has the potential to literally re-wires the brain to correct thinking patterns and provide the individual with healthier mental connections.
The scientific community has long embraced ketamine for its versatility, reliability, effectiveness, and strong success in treating mental health struggles such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, postpartum, and more. In fact, ketamine infusion has been shown to improve the symptoms of depression in up to 70% of patients even after a single treatment. Similar success is found in patients who struggle with anxiety. This power is due to ketamine’s groundbreaking power to assist the brain in a much more intimate way than mass-prescribed antidepressants.
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How Long Will The Effects Of Ketamine Last?
The immediate effects of ketamine infusion therapy is stronger than the long lasting effects. However, the long lasting effects are truly what excites doctors. The immediate effects can be tingly, foggy, surreal, and “loopy.” However, after an hour or so of relaxing, the immediate effects subside and the true results can last for months. Ketamine provides relief for symptoms of severe anxiety, depression, mental fog, and more that last. While ketamine is not a “quick fix” drug that can cure mental health struggles overnight, it can help patients cope and improve their current symptoms. Additionally, with repeated, consistent treatments every few months, the likelihood of permanent improvement rises.
The properties of ketamine, or as one ER doctor calls it ‘the best drug on earth‘, could make it one of if not the biggest medicinal discoveries for applications in the 21st century that may completely cure neuropathic pain syndromes like migraines, spinal cord injuries, fibromyalgia, depression, suicide rates, asthma, and so much more.
With mental health issues increasingly becoming the #1 concern that modern health advocates are seeking to solve, Ketamine may just be that solution. Come in to Virginia’s premier Ketamine infusion clinic in Leesburg to experience Ketamine infusions for yourself.