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Understanding How Ketamine Can Treat Anxiety Disorder

What Is Anxiety Disorder?

Everyone feels anxious or worried from time to time. However, anxiety disorders differ from these normal sensations. They are among the most common mental health disorders and are characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or even fear. These feelings are often strong enough to interfere with your life. In extreme situations, they can lead to panic attacks.

Many different types of anxiety disorders exist. For instance, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are both types of anxiety disorders. Common treatments for anxiety disorders include antidepressants and other medications, as well as counseling. However, many people do not experience relief from these treatments. Ketamine therapy can offer a ray of hope.

Ketamine May Work for You If You Are
Experiencing Any of the Following:




Physical Symptoms

Symptoms of Anxiety


Do you feel unable to set your worries aside? Ketamine therapy may be able to help.


Do you constantly experience stress that’s out of proportion to the event? Ketamine may be the answer.


Do you experience a sense of impending dread or restlessness? Ketamine therapy may be able to treat your symptoms.

Physical Symptoms

Do you experience pounding or racing of the heart? Sweating? These are symptoms of anxiety disorder that ketamine therapy may be able to help.


Frequently Asked Questions about Ketamine Therapy and Anxiety Disorder

Does ketamine treat anxiety disorder?
Yes, ketamine therapy has been shown to be very effective when treating anxiety disorder, particularly when combined with conventional therapy (psychotherapy, for instance). If you have tried conventional therapy with mixed or no results, ketamine may be able to help.
How is ketamine therapy administered?

You’ll receive ketamine infusion through an IV inserted into your arm or hand. You’ll be cared for by a registered nurse, and your vitals will be monitored the entire time. You will also be able to relax in a comfortable chair and watch TV or listen to music through high-quality headphones.

Can ketamine therapy help with anxiety that hasn’t responded well to conventional therapy?
Yes! We recommend ketamine therapy for patients who have tried conventional therapy and have not been able to alleviate their symptoms or who have experienced a return of symptoms.
How long will the relief from symptoms last?

Everybody is unique and responds to treatment in their own way.  For mood disorder patients, some will begin to feel better within hours of their 3rd or 4th infusion.

Patients with thoughts of self-harm or suicidal ideation often notice those thoughts and feelings dissipate first. There is often a dramatic relief of dread and hopelessness, anxiety, dysphoria, physical fatigue, insomnia and much more.

Many patients report the increased ability to function and be productive immediately. Other patients may not notice any improvement in mood until after their 5th or 6th infusion. Some patients will require more infusions and more time following their infusions before feeling significantly better.

It is important to note that the results can be sudden and dramatic, but they are not always. It is more common for patients to see gradual, subtle improvement. Sometimes function improves before mood does.

How many ketamine treatments will I need?

It varies from patient to patient. Please schedule a consultation with our office so we can discuss your specific needs.

Will I require treatment for the rest of my life?

Some patients achieve long-term relief after one series of infusions. Others find that infusions enhance the impact of antidepressants or provide initial relief that is then sustained by oral medicines, other therapies.

How much time should I allow for my treatments?

A typical treatment using a dosage for mental health will normally take around one hour.  You should ensure that you are accompanied to the treatment as you will not be able to operate a motor vehicle after treatment.

Are there side effects from ketamine therapy?
You may feel tired after therapy. We also recommend having someone drive you home because you will not be able to drive yourself. Soreness in the arm from the IV is also a potential side effect.
Is the treatment addictive?

In the dosages and frequency of administration we utilize for treatments at Nepenthe Wellness Center, treatment does not pose any concerns for addiction. We carefully monitor all patients for tolerance and continually assess responses to treatment to optimize the benefits of treatment in your care.

Are there any pre-existing conditions that could make treatment dangerous?

Uncontrolled blood pressure, unstable heart disease, untreated thyroid disease, active substance abuse, current manic phase of bipolar disorder, active psychotic (hallucinations or delusions) symptoms, severe liver disease or pregnancy may preclude you from having infusions.

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