At our Boulder Mind Care (in Boulder) and Transcendent Ketamine of Colorado (in Fort Collins), we provide dramatic relief of OCD symptoms with Ketamine Infusion Therapy (KIT).
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects 2.3% of adults in the US. OCD is characterized by intrusive, repetitive thoughts and behaviors, which can devastate one’s enjoyment of life, and wreck havoc on both interpersonal and professional relationships. The only FDA approved treatment for OCD are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), but the effects of these are limited. Meaningful improvement can take up to 6 to 10 weeks and symptom relief is limited. To find a better way to treat this disorder, researchers at Columbia University conducted a study involving ketamine infusions.
In this study, fifteen medication-free adult subjects with OCD were enrolled. Those enrolled experienced near constant obsessions. The subjects received two infusions, either ketamine or a placebo, at least one week apart from each other, and the order of the infusions was randomized. One of the researchers, The effects of ketamine were astonishing.
Ten minutes after the start of the infusion, a subject debilitated by OCD for years described that it was like she was “having a vacation from her OCD.” Another subject described the anti-obsessional effects of ketamine: “I tried to have OCD thoughts, but I couldn’t.”
Three main findings were reported in the study.
1) Subjects experienced rapid reduction in obsessive thoughts (half met treatment response criteria) and this relief lasted for 1-week post-infusion compared to those who received a placebo.
2) There is significant evidence that suggests ketamine’s influence on OCD lasts longer than previously stated.
3) Glutamate neurotransmission plays an important role in reducing OCD and is consistent with the glutamatergic hypothesis of OCD.
At Boulder Mind Care and Transcendent Ketamine of Colorado, we recommend a series of six infusions spread out over 2 – 4 weeks to get longer-lasting benefits. This gives time for increased BDNF synthesis, neuroplasticity, and resets the the Default Mode Network activity in the brain that contributes to these repetitive, intrusive thoughts & behaviors.
If you or someone you know is suffering from this disorder, you may be able to experience rapid relief. In summary, the off-label use of ketamine may be a safe, effective treatment for OCD who are not getting relief with traditional approaches; ketamine infusion therapy for OCD is more effective, for more people, more quickly, and with minimal side effects.
For more information, see https://bouldermindcare.com/service/ocd
Contact us now if you have any questions, and to to see if you would be a candidate to achieve definitive, dramatic relief from your OCD symptoms.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE IS SUFFERING FROM ANXIETY, PTSD, DEPRESSION, OCD, MIGRAINES, FIBROMYALGIA, OR CHRONIC PAIN, PLEASE CONTACT US NOW TO SEE IF YOU WOULD BE AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR KETAMINE INFUSIONS.
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