Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common and often chronic mental health condition that can be difficult to treat, but ketamine infusion therapy is proven to help. Board-certified nurse anesthetist Jacqueline Materi, APRN, CRNA, treats OCD at two Ketamine Care Clinic locations in Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota. For fast-acting and long-lasting relief from OCD, call or book an appointment online today.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) causes uncontrollable, repeated thoughts, or fears (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) you feel the need to perform. The obsessions cause anxiety, which may trigger the urge for a compulsive behavior to alleviate it.
Common examples of obsessions include an extreme fear of germs and aggressive thoughts toward yourself or others. Examples of compulsions include excessive handwashing and cleaning, compulsive counting, or repeating a phrase.
Obsessions and compulsions are intrusive symptoms that interfere with all aspects of life, including work and school.
Typical treatments for OCD include psychotherapy, medication management, or both. However, medications and therapy take several weeks or months to take effect and don’t provide adequate relief to many people.
Clinical studies show that ketamine infusion therapy offers rapid relief from OCD symptoms. Ketamine Care Clinic tailors your treatment plan to provide long-lasting relief so you can regain control of your life.
Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that acts as an N-Methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist. This means that ketamine inhibits NMDA receptors. Increased activity in NMDA receptors is linked to OCD-like behavior.
Many people experience rapid improvement in OCD symptoms after only one treatment, but multiple ketamine infusions may be necessary for lasting relief.
First, your Ketamine Care Clinic provider carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. They work cooperatively with your mental health provider to develop your personalized ketamine treatment plan.
Ketamine infusions take place at the clinic. You relax in a comfortable chair while the ketamine solution flows through an IV in your arm. Your Ketamine Care Clinic provider monitors your safety throughout the infusion.
Depending on your needs, treatment may last 1-4 hours. The ketamine dose is lower than what is used for anesthesia, so you stay awake. Side effects include dizziness, sleepiness, and feeling separated from yourself (dissociation). You stay at the clinic until these side effects resolve, but need someone else to drive you home.
To find out if ketamine infusion therapy can help your OCD, call Ketamine Care Clinic or book an appointment online today.