Ketamine Therapy and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects 1 in 100 adults the U.S., according to an estimate by The National Institute of Mental Health. It often affects younger people and exists alongside other mental illnesses. The standard treatment for OCD is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Sadly, these treatments only work for approximately half of those struggling with OCD. Ketamine therapy for OCD has shown to decrease OCD symptoms after a single infusion, offering a new approach for those suffering from OCD.
Ketamine therapy can help those debilitated by OCD. When administered safely by a trained healthcare professional, ketamine can positively address OCD and improve quality of life. At our clinic Foundations for Change, we offer ketamine infusion as one option for addressing OCD.
How Ketamine Treats OCD Effectively
While research continues to emerge on how ketamine addresses the symptoms of OCD, it appears to moderate the effects of glutamate, which individuals with OCD are thought to have higher levels of in their brains. Ketamine blocks NMDA, an important receptor for glutamate and indirectly blocks AMPA – another glutamate receptor. Finally, ketamine appears to regenerate the brain’s synapses, possibly allowing them to reconnect in a non-OCD pattern.
Treatment Protocol for Ketamine Therapy for OCD
Ketamine therapy for OCD follows a standard six-treatment protocol with a maintenance program afterward that varies by individual. This six-week treatment approach is the most effective, according the research, for treating OCD.
Do you suffer from OCD that negatively impacts your quality of life? If so, we invite you to call our clinic to learn more about ketamine therapy and see if it might be right for you.