Aspen Ketamine Center follows evidence-based research closely to determine how to administer infusions and treat patients with Ketamine infusions. The primary focus of our practice is to help treat mental illness, and provide an option to those who have not had success with traditional medicines or psychotherapy. Promising data has demonstrated robust effects in treating severe, chronic, treatment-resistant depression.
Disorders Treated With Ketamine Infusions
Those suffering from major depression, bipolar depression, postpartum depression, or dysthymia could benefit from Ketamine infusions. Medical research has also shown that Ketamine can also be effective in treating Fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal ideation. In addition, ketamine shows promise in alleviating symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and a number of anxiety disorders. Many people seek Ketamine Infusion therapy in instances when they have been diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression. Dr. Cristina Cusin, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School regards that 10-30% of people diagnosed with the condition are found to be suffering from treatment-resistant depression.
Use of IV Ketamine Infusions for Mental Health Treatment
Ketamine isn’t a new medicine. It's routinely used in hospitals both for anesthesia and for pain relief. Unlike some medications, there are very few risks when choosing monitored IV Ketamine infusions for mental health. At Aspen Ketamine Center, Ketamine is always administered under medical supervision at subanesthetic doses according to individual patient treatment plans. Nurse anesthesiologists remain present with patients throughout their sessions to monitor breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. Therapy is also available for prep and integration before and after ketamine treatments.
Individualized Treatment Plans
Ketamine infusion therapy does require a prescription from a psychiatrist or other physician provider. After undergoing an initial consultation and optional genetic testing, patients are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine how often they will receive Ketamine infusions and the length of their treatment plan. Unlike the lengthy timeline associated with traditional mental health treatment with SSRIs, people that receive ketamine infusions often feel better within a few hours up to a few days. Providers with Aspen Ketamine Center carefully screen patients under a strict set of guidelines, aimed at increasing the safe use of ketamine for mental health treatment to determine the individual is right for treatment.
Lifestyle Changes for Ketamine Patients
While Ketamine Infusions are a promising relief for many suffering from treatment-resistant depression and similar mental health problems, there are a number of recommended lifestyle changes for patients receiving this form of treatment. It is important for patients to understand that Ketamine Infusion Therapy will not eliminate life stressors. Aspen Ketamine Center recommends that patients continue to meet with their therapist or one of Aspen Ketamine Center’s Ketamine Psychotherapists.
Aspen Ketamine Center is dedicated to helping people achieve overall wellness. Their services are not limited to Ketamine Infusions but include a number of other beneficial options like meditation, nutrition counseling, and mobile IV hydration. Schedule your next appointment by phone (970-429-8350), or connect with Aspen Ketamine Center on social media.