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Ketamine for OCD Treatment

Treating OCD with traditional treatments such as seeing psychologists and taking medications has proven to be very difficult. More recently, ketamine has become a very successful treatment option for those who suffer from OCD.

How Does Ketamine Help With OCD?

While there is no exact reason as to how ketamine helps with OCD, given its success with treating depression and anxiety, it’s believed that ketamine helps with OCD in the same way. Ketamine helps restore damaged pathways in the brain, allowing happy and more positive thoughts to be more consistent.

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What Is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder characterized by obsessions – unreasonable fears and intrusive thoughts – that lead you to perform repetitive, ritualistic behaviors called compulsions. Both obsessions and compulsions will interfere with every aspect of your day-to-day life and create significant stress.

What Are The Symptoms Of OCD?

Most people suffering from OCD have both obsessions and compulsions. However, some people may only have symptoms of obsessions or compulsions. You may not even realize your obsessions and compulsions are excessive, but if they are interfering with your everyday life and social or work activities, you should consider finding treatment.

Obsessions

Obsessions are characterized as persistent unwanted thoughts, urges, and images that give you stress and anxiety. You may attempt to ignore these thoughts, or find yourself compelled to perform rituals to ease the anxiety. These obsessions are intrusive thoughts, and will pop up when you are trying to focus on other things.

Obsessions often follow the following themes, but may come in other forms:

    • Fear of contamination
    • A need for things to be organized or symmetrical
    • Aggressive thoughts about self harm or harming others
    • Unwanted sexual or religious thoughts

Common examples of symptoms of obsessions

  • Fear of contamination after touching objects that others have also touched
  • Doubting that you have locked your door or turned off the stove
  • Stress when objects are not organized or symmetrical
  • Intrusive images of hurting yourself or another person
  • Intrusive thoughts about shouting obscenities or acting inappropriately around others
  • Persistently avoiding situations that can trigger obsessions
  • Distress brought on by unpleasant, intrusive sexual thoughts

What Causes OCD?

Exactly what causes OCD still is not fully understood by medical science, but there appear to be several main factors that lead to the development of this condition:

Biology — OCD may actually be a result of natural changes in body chemistry or brain functions.
Genetics — While specific genes have not been identified, OCD may be carried on genetically.
Environment — Certain environmental factors appear to act as a trigger for OCD, but more research should be conducted before concluding this is true.

What are the risk factors for OCD?

In addition to the factors highlighted above, there are some factors that may put you at higher risk for developing the obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Stressful Events — Going through traumatic or stressful events may trigger the intrusive thoughts so familiar to those with OCD.
Family History — Parents or other blood-related families with a history of OCD or other mental health conditions may increase your risk of developing this disorder.
Mental Health — OCD commonly co-occurs with other mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, or substance abuse disorders.

Discover How Ketamine Ca Help You?

If you or a loved one is suffering from OCD, and other treatments have failed to help, then ketamine for OCD Treatment might be a viable option for you. Contact us today and schedule your free consultation.

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Ketamine is a synthetic medicine that has primarily been used as an anesthetic agent in humans and animals for over 50 years. It is one of the most commonly used anesthetic agents in the world, because of its unique properties that make it incredibly safe to administer. 

Ketamine binds to NMDA receptors, and creates a glutamate surge, releasing growth factors that help make new synaptic connections in your brain. This paves the way for healthier thought patterns and increases your resilience to chronic stress.

The literature for depression shows a 70% success rate. Individual clinics have seen higher rates, because they have seen increased efficacy with increased dosing.

The low doses used for depression are in the empathogenic "heart opening" psychedelic dose range. People report feelings of love, peace, compassion, forgiveness, and a touch of euphoria.

Ketamine will not be provided to individuals with schizophrenia, psychosis, or certain seizure disorders. Those taking aminophylline for asthma or COPD should not undergo ketamine infusions. If you have serious medical problems like uncontrolled high blood pressure, cardiac disease, or pulmonary problems, a clearance will be requested from your primary care physician before undergoing treatment.

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