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Ketamine for Depression and Anxiety

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02/01/2024

Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental disorders in the United States1, affecting millions of people nationwide. Traditional treatments for depression and anxiety include medication (i.e SSRIs, benzodiazepines) and therapy, but for some patients, these are not enough. At Limbic Medical, we offer a cutting-edge alternative: ketamine therapy for anxiety and depression. This treatment, combined with our functional medicine approach bridges the gap between physical and mental health, offering a holistic path to true remission.

A Solution for Depression and Anxiety

Mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, deeply impact an individual’s emotional well-being, daily function, and overall quality of life. Symptoms of depression include persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, hopelessness, and, in severe cases, thoughts of self-harm.

While traditional treatments such as psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy have proven effective for many, a significant number of patients experience ongoing symptoms due to treatment-resistant forms of depression and anxiety. Because ketamine therapy uses a different mechanism of action to achieve its result, ketamine is an ideal solution for those seeking relief from depression and anxiety who have not found relief from other treatments.

Understanding Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine, originally known for its use as an anesthetic, is a legally available psychedelic that has emerged as a potential lifesaver for those battling treatment-resistant depression and anxiety when administered under the supervision/direction of a healthcare provider. It provides fast-acting relief and promotes the growth of new neural connections, offering potential long-term benefits to your mental health.

At Limbic Medical, we offer a unique method of ketamine treatment. We are proud to be the only ketamine provider to combine IV ketamine administered under close medical supervision with at-home microdose ketamine maintenance and a personalized nutraceutical regimen. Our expert guidance and attention to whole-body care maximizes the benefits you receive from ketamine therapy. We closely monitor your progress during and after treatment and make necessary adjustments to ensure personalized and effective care that works for you.

How Effective is Ketamine?

We use ketamine as our depression and anxiety treatment of choice because of its strong track record at providing patients with real relief. The effectiveness2 of ketamine therapy for anxiety and depression relies on its ability to target the NMDA receptors in the brain. This, in turn, triggers the release of neurotransmitters that facilitate the establishment of new neural pathways and relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety.

By essentially rewiring areas negatively impacted by these mental health conditions, ketamine therapy can lead to significant improvements in mood and anxiety levels. Ketamine’s unique properties deliver several benefits, including:

Fast-Acting Relief: Clinical studies3 have consistently shown ketamine’s success as a rapid antidepressant. This allows patients to experience relief from their symptoms within hours, as opposed to the weeks or months traditional antidepressants and talk therapy may take. For those who suffer from depressive episodes or severe anxiety, this swift onset can be life-changing.

Long-Term Remission: While the immediate effects of ketamine therapy eventually wear off, consistent and regular treatment sessions can provide lasting relief for many individuals. By maintaining a treatment schedule and working closely with healthcare professionals, patients can experience prolonged periods of remission and enjoy a better quality of life.

Reduced Risk of Side Effects: While traditional antidepressants can have various negative side effects, such as weight gain, moodiness, and drowsiness, ketamine therapy offers a lower risk of experiencing these adverse effects. This can greatly improve the overall experience and well-being of individuals seeking treatment for depression.

The Functional Medicine Difference

At Limbic Medical, our approach to ketamine therapy for anxiety and depression is unique. We believe ketamine is one part of the treatment protocol, we strive to understand and address the interactions in a patient’s medical history, physiology, and lifestyle that may contribute to illness. Our goal is to support not only mental health but overall wellness, acknowledging that the body and mind are intrinsically linked.

By combining ketamine with a functional medicine approach, we can effectively address the underlying causes of illness. While ketamine opens the door to improved mental health, diet, exercise, and sleep work to maintain and enhance these gains. It’s an approach that seeks to treat symptoms and empower individuals toward lasting health and vitality.

Why Choose Limbic Medical?

For those suffering from depression and anxiety, especially when traditional treatments have failed, ketamine therapy offers new hope. At Limbic Medical, our commitment to patient-centered care ensures that each individual receives a comprehensive, personalized approach to recovery and wellness.

Rather than simply masking symptoms, our innovative approach focuses on identifying and addressing the underlying cause of your issue. We provide targeted treatments that tackle the root issue, bringing you lasting relief. When paired with the holistic, patient-centered focus of functional medicine, the potential to achieve not just symptom management but true healing and well-being is within reach.

Experience the Limbic Medical difference and reclaim your life. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of ketamine and its ability to bring balance back to your life!

Sources:

1. Kalin, Ned H. “The Critical Relationship Between Anxiety and Depression.” The American Journal of Psychiatry, 5 ed., vol. 177, 2020, pp. 365-367. The American Journal of Psychiatry

2. “Ketamine found effective in treatment-resistant depression.” Harvard Gazette, 31 May 2023

3. Roquet, Salvador. “Ketamine for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders: comprehensive systematic review.” NCBI