Mild cases of anxiety are expected from time to time, but for some, anxiety controls their life and makes it difficult or even impossible to perform everyday tasks. Long-term use of anxiety medication poses addiction risks and can leave the individual feeling dull or chronically tired. A better option for anxiety treatment is well overdue, and New Pathways Clinic has the solution.
Anxiety is a normal human experience; it can be brought on by stressful or mundane situations. Typically, this kind of anxiety tends to 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.
Studies show ketamine is effective in 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 six infusions, it improved scores on fear questionnaires, depression scales, and decreased 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 successfully treats anxiety, its effects tend to last up to 14 weeks without any other medication! (Department of Psychological Medicine)
Ketamine behaves differently in the brain than SSRIs and Benzodiazepines. Ketamine is a powerful antagonist of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor, a vital 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 also improves its overall functionality. “Ketamine’s antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects are presumed to occur through activating synaptic plasticity by increasing brain-derived neurotrophic factor translation and secretion” (Mt. Sinai Hospital).
Ketamine is an exciting new tool to treat anxiety that many patients have been waiting for. Its fast-acting effects and lack of dependency-forming habits provide a unique opportunity for patients suffering from anxiety. Learn more about how ketamine works and see the revolutionary treatment that has been taking the medical world by storm. “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).
Nora Finnegan and New Pathways Clinic are ready to present a holistic plan to treat your anxiety disorder. With ten 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 phone consultation with the experienced team at New Pathways Clinic and see if Ketamine is a fit for your anxiety treatment plan.