Ketamine For Anxiety
Find meaningful relief from generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, social anxiety disorder, and other anxiety disorders
Ketamine for anxiety disorders can significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety.
If a patient responds to ketamine infusions, it can rapidly reduce anxiety symptoms in the first infusion.
Your infusion is performed by an experienced anesthesia provider in our comfortable, state-of-the-art ketamine clinic.
We are committed to making ketamine infusions accessible and we offer some of the lowest-priced treatments in Southern California and across the nation.
Ketamine Treats Anxiety Differently
Many people with anxiety disorders find inadequate relief from the treatment options available to them. Ketamine infusions are a new way of treating anxiety disorders and have been found to be especially effective for those with treatment-resistant anxiety.
What Should I Know About Ketamine for Anxiety?
Ketamine was originally approved by the FDA as an anesthetic, but it is increasingly used to treat mood disorders, like anxiety and depression.
Many people suffer from both anxiety and depression, and ketamine can help relieve symptoms of both of these mood disorders.
At Karitas Ketamine Clinic, we administer ketamine intravenously, or via an IV drip.
Ketamine for anxiety is administered at a much lower dose than that used for anesthesia, which means you will be awake the entire time.
Anxiety suffers appreciate the calm, relaxing environment and private infusion suites at Karitas Ketamine Clinic.
Unlike other medications that can take months to work, ketamine is administered over a short period of time and patients find relief much more quickly.
“Absolutely life-changing experience. Very kind and knowledgeable staff. I would recommend Karitas to anyone dealing with depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD.”
What To Expect
The process starts with either a referral from your physician or a free 15-minute phone consultation. If you have contacted our ketamine clinic directly, we will have you fill out patient intake forms that will need your doctor’s approval. After we receive these forms, we’ll schedule your initial consultation and determine if you are a good candidate for ketamine for anxiety. If we believe that you could benefit from ketamine therapy, you are able to schedule your first appointment, which can be on the same day as your consultation.
During Your Ketamine Treatment
If you are receiving ketamine infusions for anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders, your ketamine therapy will last 60 minutes — 45 minutes for the infusion itself and approximately 15 minutes for supervised recovery. All ketamine infusions are performed by an experienced anesthesia provider, using state-of-the-art monitoring equipment within our private infusion suite. We strive to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible and we hope that you feel at home in our ketamine clinic.
Before administering your infusion, we will apply monitors to help us measure your heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. A medical professional will be by your side during your infusion and you will be awake and able to interact with those around you. Most of our patients take the opportunity to relax and listen to music. If you have any questions about the process, our ketamine clinic, equipment, or anything else that may be on your mind, please get in touch — we’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have!
Ketamine Can Help
“Just 1 hour after injection, ratings on both the Fear Questionnaire and the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale dropped 50%”
“Ketamine treatment was safe and well-tolerated, and most patients reported marked improvement in work and social functioning.”
“Ketamine has been studied and shown [to be] effective with an array of anxiety disorders, including SAD, general anxiety disorder (GAD), and PTSD.”
How It Works
Ketamine is an antagonist of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor, which is an important glutamate receptor in the brain. If you have an anxiety disorder and have been prescribed medication, it is most likely an SSRI, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. These drugs work by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain. Ketamine, on the other hand, works by increasing the amount of glutamate in the brain.
Doing so makes neural activity in the brain stronger. You can think of a ketamine infusion as awakening the brain, helping it form new neural networks. When you have anxiety, your brain gets caught in the same cycles. You may think things like did I say the wrong thing? Did I offend someone? What if I get lost? Can people tell I’m anxious? Part of relieving anxiety is calming these thoughts and helping the brain think in different ways.
While more research needs to be done, it is thought that ketamine helps the brain get out of the cycles it’s developed over time and create new ways of thinking. Blocking glutamate excites circuits as a whole across the brain, and allows it to be more sensitive and responsive to sensory input. This can help lift depression, and it can also help relieve anxious thoughts. If you’d like more information about how ketamine works, read our blog or browse our research and press page.
A big part of our ketamine clinic’s mission is providing Los Angeles with affordable ketamine infusions. Because ketamine therapy is not currently covered by insurance, the cost of infusions can be a barrier of entry to those who could benefit. We hope that ketamine infusions are approved to be covered for insurance soon, but until then we are actively working to provide this potentially life-saving care at the lowest-possible price.
Our mission is to help all those who are suffering and could benefit from ketamine infusions to get the care they need. We decided to name our ketamine clinic Karitas after the Latin word Caritas, which means love for all mankind. It is one of the noblest of virtues, and we work to live out that virtue every single day. One of our ways of expressing Caritas is by donating 2% of our profits each year to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. We are proud to be able to contribute to this nonprofit and its mission to understand and prevent suicide through research, education, and advocacy. You can learn more about our West Covina ketamine clinic, our mission, and our medical professionals on our about us page.
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