How Ketamine Can Help Treat Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders, including phobias, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder are among the most common mental health concerns in the United States. Although anxiety is a normal response to stress, when it becomes so severe that it interferes with daily life, it becomes a treatable condition.

The American Psychiatric Association estimates that more than 20 million adults in the U.S. have an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, which is about 6% of the population. Women are more likely to develop an anxiety disorder than men, but it can affect both genders equally.

There are several different types of anxiety disorders that can affect people differently depending on their circumstances and experiences with the disorder itself. Some people may struggle with a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), while others may experience specific forms of social anxiety disorder or separation anxiety disorder (SAD).

Anxiety disorders are treatable. A combination of medication and psychotherapy can help alleviate the associated symptoms; however, 30-40% of people with anxiety are unable to find relief through standard therapeutic approaches.

This is where DreamWork comes in. We offer specialized treatments for those who have been unable to find relief through traditional methods. Our team of experts will work with you to develop an individualized plan that takes into account your needs and preferences, as well as your budget constraints. We understand that every person has different needs and different budgets–so we tailor our services specifically to meet those needs so that you can feel confident in your decision to come to see us!

There is a growing body of research on the use of ketamine as a treatment for depression and anxiety. Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic since the 1960s, but its ability to relieve pain quickly has led to its use in treating people with chronic pain. In recent years, however, it has also been studied as a potential treatment for depression and anxiety.

Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist that acts on glutamate receptors in the brain. It works by inhibiting the activity of these receptors so that they cannot cause neurons to fire at their normal levels. This causes neurons to become less excitable and therefore less likely to respond to stressors like stress or social rejection (which may be associated with depression). As such, it has been shown to be effective for treating both depression and anxiety disorders through its ability to reduce symptoms associated with these conditions without causing sedation or physical dependence (which can happen when other drugs are taken).

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a drug that has been used as an anesthetic for decades. It was originally developed by Parke-Davis in 1960 as a rapid-acting intravenous anesthetic, but it has also been used off-label to treat depression since the 1990s. Ketamine’s effects on the brain are similar to those of other antidepressants, but it has a faster onset of action and more rapid improvement.

Ketamine can be administered via injection or inhalation, but it is most commonly given intramuscularly (IM). This route allows for quicker absorption into the bloodstream and provides immediate relief from pain and anxiety without causing side effects such as severe dissociation or hallucinations. The drug also has a fast onset of action–it begins working within minutes–and because it does not cause drowsiness or impaired motor function, people can drive themselves home after receiving ketamine treatment without worrying about falling asleep at the wheel or injuring themselves while driving under its influence.

Depression and anxiety often co-occur, and one reason for this may be that both disorders involve abnormalities in the glutamate and GABA systems. Ketamine and other drugs that alter these systems have been the subject of continued study in the treatment of depression–and many forms of depression respond well to ketamine therapy.

The glutamate system is involved in many functions, including memory consolidation, learning, attention regulation, appetite regulation, sleep regulation, and mood regulation. In addition to affecting these processes directly through its actions on receptors located throughout the body, ketamine also affects glutamate activity indirectly through effects on other neurotransmitters such as dopamine or serotonin (5).

In addition to altering glutamate activity directly via its actions on receptors located throughout the body (5), ketamine also affects glutamate activity indirectly through effects on other neurotransmitters such as dopamine or serotonin (5). This means that if you are experiencing depression or anxiety symptoms then you may benefit from combining ketamine therapy with other forms of treatment such as talk therapy or antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

What is Ketamine IV therapy? 

Ketamine IV therapy is a specialized treatment conducted at a healthcare facility. It involves giving patients several infusions of ketamine over the course of a week. The treatment takes approximately 90 minutes for each visit, includes a period of observation before patients are discharged, and can be repeated if necessary.

The goal of ketamine IV therapy is to help patients with depression or anxiety disorders. It works by blocking NMDA receptors in the brain while also increasing levels of dopamine and serotonin. This combination helps relieve symptoms such as depression and anxiety because it helps restore the balance between these chemicals in your brain.

A recent study found that ketamine symptom relief begins within a few hours of treatment. While traditional antidepressants can take weeks to show results, ketamine has the potential to relieve symptoms and significantly boost the quality of life for those who have tried and failed to find relief through other treatment methods.

The study was conducted on 60 patients with depression, half of whom received ketamine and half of whom received a placebo. The researchers found that after two hours, those receiving ketamine reported feeling significantly better than those who received a placebo. After six hours, the difference between the two groups had grown even greater–those who received ketamine felt better than those who received a placebo after 24 hours!

The study also found that within 24 hours of receiving either drug, there was a significant reduction in depressive symptoms among all participants.

Whether you’re just starting out on your search for relief from symptoms of anxiety, or you’ve tried other treatments that just haven’t worked, Dreamwork can help.

Dreamwork is a holistic approach to treating anxiety and depression that combines alternative therapies with traditional medical therapy. We believe in using all of the tools at our disposal to achieve lasting results for our patients–and we take pride in being able to provide them with a personalized treatment plan that works for them individually.

Our team is dedicated to helping our patients get back on track with their lives by providing them with the tools they need to make positive changes in their lives.