Ketamine Therapy for Mood and Pain Disorders
Ketamine Therapy is a fast-acting alternative treatment method for those who have not had success with other forms of treatment and medications for conditions including:
Chronic Pain & Neuropathic Pain
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
How Does Ketamine Affect the Brain?
Originally used as a pediatric anesthetic, ketamine has shown to be an effective drug for fighting depression. Ketamine works differently in your brain than other antidepressant medications. Conventional antidepressants such as SSRIs have to build up in your system to change your brain chemistry. Ketamine almost immediately alters the neurotransmitter activity in your brain. In 2014, Thomas Insel, former director of the National Institute for Mental Health, said, “Ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades.”
A picture of a neuron. The neuron below shows new dendritic formations, or new neural growth, within just 2 hours of receiving ketamine.
A CT scan of a human brain. After ketamine treatments, the depressed brain is almost identical to the non depressed picture as new neural activity has awakened the depressed areas.