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What is Considered an Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety is a normal human experience; it can be brought on by stressful or mundane situations. Normally, this kind of anxiety tends go away and does not persist. In anxiety disorders, the triggering events can produce intense fear, hypersensitivity, nervousness, and panic attacks, sometimes on a daily basis. An estimated 19.1% of Americans have had an anxiety disorder in the past year.  

Can Ketamine Infusions Help with Anxiety Disorders?

In studies, Ketamine has been shown to be effective with an array of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder (SAD), general anxiety disorder (GAD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). When patients with GAD, SAD, and OCD were given Ketamine over 6 infusions, it was found to improve scores on fear questionnaires, depression scales, and decrease intrusive thoughts. (Health Research Council of New Zealand) (Columbia University

Due to the psychological nature of these disorders, the best scientific results were produced with accompanying psychotherapy. Many therapists seeing Ketamine patients have reported profound breakthroughs in therapy during and after treatment regimens. Most excitingly, when Ketamine is successful in treating anxiety, its effects tend to last up to 14 weeks without any other medication! (Department of Psychological Medicine) 

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How Does Ketamine Treat Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders?

Ketamine behaves differently in the brain than SSRI’s and Benzodiazepines. Ketamine is a powerful antagonist of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor, an important glutamate receptor in the brain. Separate Neuroimaging (FMRI) studies support the importance of glutamate imbalances in anxiety patients.

Ketamine’s antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects are presumed to occur through activating synaptic plasticity by increasing brain-derived neutrophic factor translation and secretion

Not only does Ketamine work on restoring glutamate imbalances in the brain it is also shown to improve its overall functionality. “Ketamine’s antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects are presumed to occur through activating synaptic plasticity by increasing brain-derived neutrophic factor translation and secretion” (Mt. Sinai Hospital).

Ketamine is an exciting new tool to treat anxiety, that many patients have been waiting for. “Given the gaps in current treatment, this promising agent is occupying a more promising role in treatment of anxiety disorders” (Dr. Masand Centers of Psychiatric Excellence). With its fast-acting effects and lack of dependency forming habits, it provides a unique opportunity to patients suffering from anxiety. 

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Why Choose New Pathways Clinic for Your Ketamine Infusions for Anxiety?

Nora Finnegan and New Pathways Clinic is ready to present a holistic plan to treat your anxiety disorder. With 10 years of experience in providing Ketamine infusions for mental health disorders, Nora understands the complexity and variety of anxiety disorders.

Ketamine has the potential to break through the walls your anxiety has built around your life and we want to be a part of that journey. As part of our mental wellness mission, we always offer to work in conjunction with your other providers and provide referrals to our own network of psychologists, if requested.  

Have anxiety medications left you feeling numb and wanting more? Has counseling and medications alone not provided lasting breakthroughs? 

Schedule a free consultation with the experienced team at New Pathways Clinic and see if Ketamine is a fit for your anxiety treatment plan.


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