Anxiety Q & AAlleviant Health Centers
What is an anxiety disorder?
In today’s fast-paced world, anxiety levels are on the rise and, if you don’t have good coping mechanisms in place, they can have a devastating effect on your physical and mental well-being. Anxiety disorders are a group of mental illnesses that include:
- Panic disorder: characterized by heart palpitations, chest pain, and sweating
- Social anxiety disorder: you find everyday social situations overwhelming
- Generalized anxiety disorder: a persistent feeling of worry, doom, and fear
No matter the disorder, the results are consistent across the board, leaving you feeling paralyzed, nervous, and overwhelmed.
What is OCD?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a fairly common disorder that leads you to have recurring thoughts and behaviors, otherwise known as obsessions and compulsions.
Obsessions take the form of repetitive thoughts, images, ideas, and urges that create anxiety. For example:
- Fear of contamination
- Forbidden thoughts regarding religion, sex, or violence
- Aggressive thoughts
- Need for perfect order
Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that respond to obsessions. They include:
- Excessive hand washing or cleaning
- Arranging and rearranging things
- Repeatedly checking things, such as whether the oven is turned off
When these two are combined into OCD, the effects can be far-reaching, interrupting your ability to function normally.
How do ketamine treatments address anxiety and OCD?
If you’re one of the many patients who have suffered for years or decades from anxiety or OCD, despite trying selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, mood stabilizers, and standard psychotherapies, you may be one of the 70% who experience rapid relief after a small IV infusion of ketamine.
Ketamine IV infusions work immediately by disrupting and blocking certain neural sensors and receptors. Many patients report that, during the treatment, their symptoms diminish significantly or fully. This brief hiatus from the debilitating symptoms of anxiety or OCD buys your brain valuable time to rewire its neural pathways and allows you a period of relief that may last.
Brian Mears, CRNA, typically administers ketamine IV infusion therapy during six visits over two weeks, with follow-up visits when needed. Call or book an appointment online at Alleviant Health Centers to find how ketamine can help you.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!
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