Ketamine Treatment Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
If you are looking for the treatment of depressive disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder, then visit Psychiatric Unplugged in Los Angeles, CA, our specialists are experienced in treating such conditions. We are conveniently located at 6801 Park Terrace, Suite 530B, Los Angeles, CA 90045. For more information, call us or book an appointment online.
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As modern medicine better understands the effects that certain drugs have on the brain, incredible benefits have been discovered. When setting aside the taboo surrounding certain controlled or illegal substances, doctors and researchers have uncovered amazing uses, particularly for disorders that were previously difficult to treat. Ketamine, which is well-known as a veterinary medicine as well as a recreational drug, is especially effective at treating many mental health conditions, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Ketamine is a medication that is used primarily as an anesthetic in veterinary medicine. It is also used as a recreational drug for its analgesic, dissociative and psychedelic effects and is a controlled substance. Within the past few years, ketamine has been used to treat depression and has seen much success in relieving depressive symptoms and helping people overcome their condition. The exact mechanisms of action are not fully understood, but ketamine is thought to work in the brain by causing the neurons in the brain to become more active, which leads to neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to form and reorganize synaptic connections, which is especially beneficial when instilling new behavioral and thought patterns.
Ketamine is also used as an anesthetic to treat pain; it has been shown to be effective for treating both short-term and long-term pain. As our understanding of ketamine’s effects on the brain improves, more uses of this incredible substance are being discovered. There are few substances that hold as much promise as ketamine, which is why it is important for the medical industry to further advance its understanding of ketamine’s potential.
Ketamine is an N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor antagonist and an α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid (AMPA) receptor stimulator. AMPA stimulation increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which stimulates the formation of new receptors and synapses. Ketamine prevents glutamate from binding to these receptors, which is thought to reduce depressive symptoms. In layman terms, ketamine works by:
– Permitting or encouraging robust neural activity
– This increased neural activity helps the brain to function more normally and also creates neuroplasticity, allowing unhealthy recursive patterns to be overcome more easily. This allows:
– Depressed patients to reduce recursive negative thoughts
– OCD patients to benefit from aversion therapy
– Substance abuse patients to develop healthy thoughts and routines to thwart their addictive behaviors
– Pain patients to break free of pain feedback loops (e.g. pain causes inactivity, inactivity causes more pain)
At Psychiatry Unplugged, we offer ketamine in the form of a nasal spray. This is beneficial for a number of reasons, as it is the most widely researched form of ketamine therapy administration and has also proven to be the most efficacious when treating depressive disorders. The spray is administered nasally as a mist, which is inhaled by the patient. This has a very quick onset and can produce effects within minutes, depending on individual metabolism (and other factors).
Yes, ketamine therapy is covered by insurance, but only the nasal spray; other forms of ketamine therapy are not covered by insurance. To find out more about what insurance plans are accepted at Psychiatry Unplugged, call our office today.
If you have a mental health condition that has not responded well to other treatments, come to Psychiatry Unplugged to find out if ketamine is right for you. Call us today or book an appointment with our ketamine treatment specialist, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 6801 Park Terrace, Suite 530B, Los Angeles, CA 90045. We serve patients from Los Angeles, CA, Beverly Hills, CA, Santa Monica, CA, Encino, CA, and Pacific Palisades, CA. We look forward to serving you!