Ketamine is an anesthetic and in low doses creates a trance like state of mind. In medical practices, it’s commonly used for pain relief, sedation, and anesthesia. Over the years, this medicine has shown to produce psychedelic experiences in patients at lower doses. Additionally, it has shown strong evidence in helping patients with treatment-resistant depression.
Due to the psychedelic nature of ketamine as well as its other properties,, it should only be administered by a qualified medical provider. Ketamine has a variety of benefits and may alleviate stressors or help pinpoint the cause behind negative emotions.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING A KETAMINE EXPERIENCE
Before receiving this type of treatment, you’ll go through a consultation and review things such as dosage and the duration of the treatment to help ensure this is the right option for you. From there, you’ll be placed in a private room during your appointment with a psychotherapist and receive a Ketamine infusion by an IV nurse.
Throughout the beginning stages of treatment, you may feel a slight sense of coldness as the medication enters your bloodstream.
HOW DO PEOPLE FEEL AFTERWARDS
Many patients report feeling a sense of lightness following ketamine treatments. Most patients notice improvements in their attitude and emotional wellbeing as well as how they feel physically. People that often experience repetitive thoughts remark how the treatments can ease their mind and make them feel more grounded.
PROS AND CONS OF USING KETAMINE TREATMENTS
Like any medicine, ketamine can be dangerous when not used in a professional setting. Ketamine can lead to increased positive emotions, and fast acting results. However, if not used under medical supervision, ketamine can become addictive.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Some side effects that occur in some patients include vomiting and dizziness. If at any time during treatments you feel nauseous or overly anxious, be certain to let us know.
If you or a loved one have tried numerous treatments to combat depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other mental health disorders only to not find relief, ketamine infusions may be the next step in treatment. Contact us to schedule a consultation where we can discuss whether ketamine treatments may benefit you. If you have further questions about ketamine, check out our blog for more information.