Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is a promising new treatment for mental health. But what is ketamine assisted psychotherapy- and how does it work? In this article, we’ll discuss the treatment, the pros and cons, and who is the best candidate to try it.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy: What Is It?
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (or KAT for short) is an approach that combines ketamine therapy with other, more traditional mental health treatments, such as talk therapy. KAT is used to enhance treatment. By combining it with other methods, doctors are able to address both the root cause of a patient’s disorder, as well as the immediate symptoms that are causing them distress.
How Does Ketamine Work?
Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic for decades. However, in recent years it has also been used “off label” to treat mental illnesses. Ketamine is a drug that provides immediate anti-depressive effects, as well as an improvement in both physical and mental pain. During therapy, a small dose of ketamine is given through an IV. The dose is controlled by a doctor and is not enough to cause negative health effects. The ketamine then works by binding to receptors in the brain that control pain, helping patients feel relief.
Is It Safe?
This is one of the top concerns when it comes to ketamine therapy. Many patients are worried that this therapy is dangerous, especially since ketamine is addictive and used to be known as a “party drug”. While the drug can indeed be abused, it is very tightly controlled in therapeutic settings. Your health is monitored before and after treatment to ensure that the treatment is working in a healthy way. For most patients, the treatment is not only safe but very effective.
Is It Right For Me?
People with anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and other conditions have all benefitted from KAT. However, like all treatments, it’s not right for everyone. Go over your health with your doctor before starting treatment. Some symptoms or health issues might mean that another treatment is a better choice for you.
Ketamine Therapy in Kansas City
Balanced Ketamine offers safe and effective treatment for depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and more. Our caring and supportive staff work to make your therapy easy and comfortable. Call us today to book your first session.