First approved by the FDA in 1970 for anesthesia during surgery, ketamine was later found to have rapid-acting antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects. Ketamine targets different subsets of neurotransmitters in the brain than conventional SSRIs, so patients who haven’t found therapeutic effects with traditional antidepressants may have a better outcome with ketamine therapy. 

Ketamine can produce a wide range of changes to conscious experience, including sensory changes and emotional changes. Ketamine alters levels of glutamate (a chemical messenger) in the brain, which can result in new neural connections. The brain becomes more adaptable and creates new pathways, giving patients the opportunity to develop more positive thoughts and feelings. 

We offer Ketamine for:

  • Severe or Chronic Depression
  • Bipolar Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Postpartum Depression (PPD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

Individuals may benefit from ketamine, if:

  • They have not responded well previously to conventional antidepressant medications or psychotherapy.
  • They have no other medical conditions that are contraindicated.
  • They are not currently taking any medications that could interact with ketamine. 

Why do Ketamine treatments here at Advanced Psychiatry?

Our team including a psychiatrist, physician assistant, and ketamine technicians make sure that you feel safe and supported during your ketamine treatments. We follow thorough safety protocols and monitor you throughout your treatment. We strive to create a therapeutic environment for you and cater to your specific needs and preferences. We prioritize individualized care and ensure that you
feel supported on your journey towards wellness. 

What does treatment look like?

Ketamine is delivered intravenously or intramuscularly. The infusion typically takes around 40 minutes to an hour, and you will be medically monitored by a provider who is ACLS trained throughout treatment. Common side effects include elevated heart rate, Increased blood pressure, nausea, headaches, and dissociation. You are at the clinic for treatment for a duration of at least 2 hours. It is required that you do not eat prior to treatment and that you do not drive the day of treatment.