Ketamine Treatment Specialist in Los Angeles and Glendale CA
If you are looking for the treatment of depressive disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder, then visit Psychiatric Unplugged. Our specialists are experienced in treating such conditions. We have convenient locations to serve you in Los Angeles and Glendale CA. For more information, call us or book an appointment online.
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Incredible advantages have been revealed as modern medicine gains a better understanding of the effects that various medications have on the brain. Setting aside the stigma associated with some regulated or illegal medications, doctors and researchers have discovered incredible applications, particularly for illnesses that were previously difficult to treat. Ketamine, which is well-known as both a veterinary medication and a recreational drug, is particularly successful in treating a variety of mental health issues, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Ketamine is a veterinary drug that is mostly used as an anesthetic. It is also a restricted substance that is used recreationally for its analgesic, dissociative, and hallucinogenic properties. Ketamine has been utilized to treat depression in recent years, with great effectiveness in alleviating depressed symptoms and assisting patients in overcoming their disease. The precise mechanisms of action are unknown, however ketamine is considered to function in the brain by increasing the activity of neurons, resulting in neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the capacity of the brain to build and restructure synaptic connections, which is especially useful for introducing new behavioral and thinking patterns.
Ketamine is also used to treat pain as an anesthetic; it has been demonstrated to be helpful for both short-term and long-term pain. More applications for ketamine are being identified as our understanding of its effects on the brain develops. Few drugs have as much promise as ketamine, which is why the medical sector must continue to enhance its knowledge of ketamine’s potential.
Ketamine is an antagonist of the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor and a stimulator of the -amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid (AMPA) receptor. AMPA stimulation encourages the development of new receptors and synapses by increasing brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Ketamine is hypothesized to alleviate depression symptoms by preventing glutamate from binding to these receptors. Ketamine functions in the following ways:
– Allowing or fostering vigorous neuronal activity
– Increased neural activity allows the brain to operate more properly and also generates neuroplasticity, making it easier to overcome detrimental cyclical habits. This enables:
– Reducing recurrent negative thoughts in depressed patients
Aversion treatment may aid OCD sufferers.
– Substance addiction sufferers should create healthy mental patterns and habits to help them resist addictive behaviors.
– Pain patients will be able to break away from pain feedback loops (e.g. pain causes inactivity, inactivity causes more pain)
Ketamine is available as a nasal spray at Psychiatry Unplugged. This is advantageous for a number of reasons; including the fact that it is the most extensively investigated type of ketamine treatment administration and has also been shown to be the most effective in treating depressive disorders. The spray is delivered nasally as a mist, which the patient inhales. Depending on individual metabolism, this has a very rapid onset and can induce results within minutes (and other factors).
Yes, insurance covers ketamine therapy, but just the nasal spray; other kinds of ketamine therapy are not covered. Call our office now to learn more about which insurance policies are accepted at Psychiatry Unplugged.
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 in Glendale CA, and Los Angeles CA. We serve patients from Los Angeles CA, Glendale CA, Beverly Hills CA, Santa Monica CA, Hollywood CA, Burbank CA, and Pasadena CA.