Anxiety is the most common mental health challenge in the U.S. today. It affects 40 million people in the U.S. alone and 264 million around the world. More staggering is the fact that, unfortunately, conventional treatment doesn’t work for a large portion of those who suffer from anxiety. According to PubMed, more than 50% of patients suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (the most common anxiety disorder) are considered treatment-resistant. We have good news for the large number of people suffering, seemingly hopelessly! Ketamine infusions can alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, and it can do so immediately.
What is Anxiety
Let’s begin by defining Anxiety. On the most basic level, anxiety is the body’s response to worry or fear. It manifests in numerous forms and affects people in varying degrees. We all experience anxiety to some extent, but those who experience chronic anxiety, it can affect their ability to function each day. Anxiety disorders include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), Panic Disorders, Phobia-Related Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Anxiety and Depression
Although the FDA has only approved Ketamine for treatment-resistant depression, doctors are increasingly prescribing off-label Ketamine therapy for treatment-resistant anxiety as well.
Depression and anxiety are often diagnosed together, affect the brain similarly, and have overlapping symptoms, so it makes sense that Ketamine would alleviate both. However, they are distinct. While depression is characterized by feelings of hopelessness, anxiety is characterized by worry.
The following factors increase a person’s risk of developing chronic anxiety.
- Increased stress
- Traumatic events
- Low self esteem
- Substance abuse
How Ketamine Works
Glutamate, a major neurotransmitter, regulates much of the nervous system. Ketamine works by blocking overactive glutamate receptors that lead to depression and anxiety and by combating inflammation which has been linked to both long-term depression and anxiety disorders.
Another way Ketamine helps to combat the symptoms of anxiety is that it causes dissociation. This phenomena allows sufferers to step back and see their problems with new eyes.
Ketamine could be the long-sought-after solution for those suffering from anxiety and not seeing results from conventional treatments. Most see great improvement of symptoms immediately after just one session. If you or someone you love suffers from anxiety, contact us today to learn more and start living free from anxiety!
xoxo Rachel and Ryan