It is common to be anxious while going through stressful situations that could have a big impact on our lives. This kind of anxiety is normal and even helpful as one of our body’s way of keeping us safe. However, there can be severe anxiety about something and this can be very unhealthy and debilitating.
Characterized by uneasiness, intense worry, and nervousness about things that are about to happen or which we perceive can happen in the future, Anxiety is an emotional state that can also be accompanied by certain physical manifestations like increased heart rate, excessive sweating, dizziness, rapid breathing, restlessness, trouble concentrating, nausea, vomiting, butterflies in the stomach, etc.
Physiologically, anxiety occurs because of the adrenaline rush, adrenaline being that hormone that initiates fight or flight response in our bodies in response to perceived danger. It becomes a mental health disorder when severe anxiety begins impacting your daily activities and stops you from living life as fully as you wish to.
There is not a single factor, but rather a combination of factors including physical health, personality traits, brain chemical imbalances, genetics, life experiences, environment, etc., behind anxiety disorder. It is thus a real and serious health condition – just as serious as physical disorders like diabetes or heart disease — with specific psychiatric disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, specific phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorder.
Treatment options for anxiety disorder include:
- Medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), benzodiazepines, and low-dose antipsychotics
- Psychotherapies that include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and other complementary therapies
- Avoidance of alcohol and other abusive drugs
- Healthy lifestyle modifications
- Ketamine Therapy
The use of medication along with psychotherapy has been the common method to treat anxiety disorders.
Ketamine, a compound that has been used as anesthesia for decades, has recently been rediscovered, this time as most efficacious, rapid-acting, and side-effect free treatment not only for Anxiety Disorder, but also for other serious mental health conditions that include all forms of major depression, PTSD and even suicidal ideations.
Patients who have been treated with ketamine therapy have reported substantial benefits with even a single low-dose infusion. Several benefits are making ketamine infusion therapy superior to other traditional treatments for anxiety disorders methods that include:
- The benefits of the treatment are quickly observable
- The effects emerge within hours which makes it suitable for using in emergency cases as well.
- The side-effects are also minimal if any, and usually disappear within a few hours of initiation.
If you or a loved one are still suffering from Anxiety Disorder after trying traditional methods of treatment, Ketamine can be a compelling option.
Get in touch for a comprehensive evaluation to see if Ketamine treatments are right for you.
Dr. Mendiola is Ventura's trusted hometown doctor, caring for its residents and neighboring counties’ since 2000.
He completed his psychiatry residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, his advanced TMS Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, and is dual-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the National Board of Medical Examiners.