Ketamine: An Innovative Approach
to Mental Health and Beyond
Once only known as an anesthetic, ketamine is now being explored as a potential game-changer in the treatment of a number of psychological disorders. Promising results have been shown with the use of this dissociative anesthetic as an off-label treatment for mood disorders like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar depression.
Alternative Mental Health Solutions
Less than 50% of patients respond to traditional psychiatric medications. For those who do not respond to traditional psychiatric medications, studies have supported that ketamine offers quick, significant improvement in symptoms.
As with all treatment modalities, ketamine is not a magic bullet. The long term efficacy of ketamine works congruently with the patient’s focus on lifestyle modifications and therapy as needed.
Ketamine's Positive Effects on Mental Health
The mental health community has recognized and praised ketamine for its usefulness in treating depression and suicidal ideation. Ketamine’s advantages include:
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The Holistic Approach:
Integrating Lifestyle Changes
While ketamine treatment is effective in the short-term, a more holistic approach improves its long-term usefulness. A combination of factors, including a healthy diet, regular exercise, mindfulness practice, and treatment, can contribute to long-term mental health and well-being.
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The evolution of ketamine from an anesthetic to a treatment for mental illness exemplifies the adaptability of modern medicine. Its quick effectiveness and wide range of uses open up exciting new possibilities for people struggling with mental health issues. Ketamine’s ability to improve lives is a light of hope in the world of mental health treatment, and this promise will only grow as research into the drug continues.
Providers Who Work With This Condition
Amanda provides care in our Lakewood office and virtually. She accepts Aetna, UHC, Cigna, and BCBS. Amanda is a Board Certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). She received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota before going on to become a Registered Nurse and PMHNP. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients.
Ellen provides care in our Lakewood office and virtually. She accepts Aetna, UHC, Cigna, and BCBS. Ellen is a Board Certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She joined Wellness Psychiatry in November 2022 with the goal of providing compassionate, evidence-based care to a wide variety of patients.
Jordan provides care in our Lakewood office and virtually. Jordan’s passion lies in caring for individuals throughout all stages of life, with a distinctive focus on pregnant and postpartum women, those facing the challenges of infertility or perinatal loss, and individuals dealing with premenstrual or perimenopausal mood changes. Additionally, she finds great fulfillment in supporting assigned female at birth adolescents who are navigating the complexities of mood fluctuations, grappling with academic performance challenges, or experiencing a combination of both.