Ketamine therapy can be a great way to treat mental health conditions. However, many patients worry about the treatment’s side effects. For instance, dissociation and other mental health symptoms can sometimes happen during or after treatment. So what causes ketamine dissociation- and is this side effect dangerous? Get the facts in the article below.

What is Dissociation?

Dissociation can be tricky to define. In short, it’s when a person becomes detached from themselves or from the world around them. Dissociation can make you feel like you are outside of your body or like your body has changed. When dissociating, people might also feel like objects look different, like time is speeding up or slowing down, or that their environment is changing. These symptoms are very scary and can make a person feel confused, anxious, and out of control.

Why Does it Happen During Ketamine Therapy?

Ketamine can cause dissociation symptoms because the drug can alter a person’s perceptions. However, this is most commonly seen in people who are taking large, unregulated doses of ketamine (such as recreational drug users). Ketamine therapy uses a smaller dose of the drug, and the dose is also monitored by a doctor. This helps to limit side effects and make the treatment more effective.

Is It Dangerous?

While dissociation can be alarming, it’s not dangerous. However, patients with other mental health problems might find that this symptom is too much for them to handle. Before you begin ketamine- or any type of therapy- talk to your doctor about your symptoms and treatment goals. This will help you choose the best treatment.

Working With Your Practitioner

Before starting ketamine therapy, have an honest talk with your practitioner. Explain your current symptoms, mental health history, and any concerns you have for treatment. Your practitioner will then be able to monitor you during therapy and adjust your medication if needed.

We Are Here to Answer Your Questions

Starting a new treatment can be intimidating. At Balanced Ketamine, we are here to help. We’ll answer your questions, explain your treatment options, and empower you to choose the best therapy for your needs. Call today to learn more.