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Who is a candidate for Ketamine treatment for Anxiety?

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Who is a candidate for Ketamine treatment for Anxiety

Are you a patient suffering from Chronic Anxiety Disorder and trying almost everything to get better, but there is no luck?

Then search no further because ketamine infusion therapy could be your savior.

It is not a permanent cure for your condition, but it would provide a treatment-resistant patient with an extended relief period like no other anti-psychotic drug will be able to.

Ketamine infusion therapy helps you get back to your life normally and gives hope to patients suffering from chronic anxiety and some other mental disorders.

Potential conditions for ketamine infusion therapy are the following:

What is Treatment-Resistant Anxiety?

It is a scientific terminology used to describe significant anxiety disorder. Patients with this mental health problem do not respond to standard treatment methods such as combination medications and cognitive behavior therapies.

If you are a patient using at least two or more anti-depressant medications but still feeling anxious, you could be a treatment resistant anxiety patient and a possible candidate for ketamine therapy.

What are the symptoms of anxiety that the person is experiencing?

Patients with severe anxiety disorder often have excessive and persistent worry and fear about almost everything in their everyday life.

These fears grow on them so much that they cannot go about their routine tasks without getting panicked.

For example, a student feels anxious every day before saying yes on his roll call and cannot control it in years.

Some common symptoms of anxiety are given below:

  • Feeling tired and restless with consistent feeling of fatigue
  • Constant worry
  • Unnecessary fear and tension
  • Insomnia or trouble sleeping
  • Gastro-intestinal issues (GIT)
  • Thinking of running from every problematic situation
  • Fear of responsibilities
  • Fear that leads to sweating, increased breathing, and heart rate 

When to seek help?

If you have any concerns about your mental health, just try to relax and think about the options. Many adults suffer from anxiety at some point in their lives, and with a little help from people around you and proper treatment, they get better. You are not the only one going through it. There will be plenty of people around you with the same symptoms. You should just know when to ask for help if you need it.

Some of the most common anxiety types are:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic episodes
  • Social anxiety
  • Phobias related to specific situations 

You must talk to your doctor first if your anxiety symptoms are not going away and constantly harming your physical or mental well-being. Treatment of anxiety is very necessary otherwise, you will face a lot of trouble because of your anxiety issues.

How to self-evaluate your symptoms

  • We often feel stressful due to an unexpected event, but it goes away in a few hours or days. But if your stress symptoms do not vanish, it will start to get in your way of doing anything and everything. This could have a massive effect on your work performance, your social circle, and even your personal life. These symptoms include anxiety, leading to irregular sleeping patterns, digestive issues and bizarre muscle aches.
  • In some cases, a person’s habit of overthinking grows on him so much that he just cannot get rid of it, even if he wants to. Then, it becomes the root cause of his anxiety. it could be related to worrying about one’s future, carrier tension, office politics issues, concerning about kids’ grades and etc. Slowly, this habit becomes so strong that it is just impossible to let go and relax even about the most minor things of your routine life if they are not according to you.
  • Sometimes, an undiagnosed medical health condition is the culprit behind your anxiety issues. If you talk to your doctor and he helps you out of your underlying illness, your anxiety will automatically be treated.
  • Another way to figure it out is you can take an online test which will take a few minutes. We will ask you a few questions which will help you understand whether you are a suitable candidate for ketamine therapy or not.

Who can be a candidate for ketamine treatment for anxiety?

As you know, anti-depressants such as SSRIs are used as the first line of treatment for anxiety. Some patients get better by using these medicines, while others remain unaffected.

Then cognitive behavior therapy and psychiatry sessions are recommended to them, along with medicines. If both the drugs and therapy fail to relieve the patient from an anxiety disorder, he suffers from treatment-resistant anxiety.

Studies show that every one in three patients does not get better with standard treatment methods.

So, for such patients, an alternative is must to save them from the dangers of their mental condition.

Research shows that ketamine, which has been used as an anesthetic for more than half a century, is able to treat some mental disorders including anxiety, when used in minimal doses.

Therefore, it is injected into the bloodstream of the patients by diluting in an infusion drip. The whole process of this drip completes in almost 40 minutes. And it provides instant and long-term relief to the patient compared to other medicines.

How a person’s symptoms diminish with this drip depends on the severity of his symptoms. Some people start to feel the difference in their mood right after their first dose, while for others, it could take multiple sessions.

But for better results, practitioners recommend getting at least 6 infusion drips in two to three weeks. The schedule is set on every alternate day or twice a week at per convenience of the recipient.  

Who should not be a candidate for ketamine treatment for anxiety?

  • As we discussed earlier, anxiety is sometimes an underlying health condition. Therefore, you must get to know how is anxiety clinically diagnosed and visit your doctor before going to get ketamine therapy. Your doctor will treat your problem, and your anxiety will disappear.
  • Although the side effects of ketamine therapy are nowhere to be seen, if you do feel any kind of allergic reaction during the infusion, you must tell the monitoring staff there and stop the process immediately.
  • If you have a health issue such as hypertension or heart problem, it raises some concerns if you want to go for ketamine therapy. You must tell everything clearly about your medical history to your medical practitioner.
  • If you are already taking too many drugs, your body can react unpredictably as a response to ketamine therapy.

Contact us:

Generalized anxiety disorder is a chronic disease. It can last for more than six months and even more. You have to get proper treatment and follow up about it, or otherwise, you will be in pain mentally and physically for a long time.

At Nepenthe Wellness Center, our medical practitioners and other staff are certified and well-trained to provide you with the best about everything. They have many years of experience treating patients with mental health disorders and have a thorough knowledge of treatment procedures and their requirements. You can contact us to get a free consultation at any time and when satisfied, book your appointment with us here.

Other than that, we also provide a cost-effective home ketamine service to our clients across all of Texas.

It would be an honor for us to help you heal and return to your life.


Tully, J. L., Dahlén, A. D., Haggarty, C. J., Schiöth, H. B., & Brooks, S. (2022). Ketamine treatment for refractory anxiety: A systematic review. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 88(10), 4412–4426.