Ketamine: An In-Depth Look at the Modern Mental Health Treatment
Ketamine — is it a dangerous club-drug or a safe and effective treatment for depression and anxiety?
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Why Ketamine Is More than a “Street Drug” & How It Works for Mental Health 6 Min
In the first session, Dr. Dom clarifies how ketamine is used, the different types of ketamine, and what you need to know about ketamine for mental health versus its more traditional uses in a hospital setting.
What Ketamine Treats, How It’s Administered, & What Happens in the Brain 7 Min
Ketamine treatment certainly sounds promising. However, there are many uses for ketamine - and not everyone is a candidate. Dr. Dom explains what is happening in the brain when someone receives ketamine, the different ways ketamine can be administered, and when you should even consider this treatment in the first place in this session.
What to Expect During & After a Ketamine Treatment 11 Min
Once you determine you or your loved one is a candidate for ketamine treatment, what should you expect? Many patients report having feelings of dissociation, an out of body experience, and anxiety during their ketamine treatment. And those are just SOME of the symptoms people report. Dr. Dom explains how you should expect to feel during and after treatment, and how effective ketamine treatment is in the short- and long-term, in this session.
Ketamine Side Effects & Red Flags in a Ketamine Provider 7 Min
In addition to the effects of ketamine, it’s important to note the side effects, too. Nearly all medications have side effects, and ketamine is no exception. It’s crucial you and your doctor discuss all possible effects from a ketamine treatment. From dizziness to impacts on your cardiovascular system, Dr. Dom points out the most common side effects of ketamine in this session. He ends the session by sharing the red flags to look out for when considering a ketamine infusion provider.
How to Find Ketamine Treatment (Steps + Costs) 12 Min
If you think you or your loved one is a candidate for ketamine treatment, finding the right provider is your next step. In our final session, Dr. Dom walks you through best practices for finding the right clinic, figuring out treatment costs, and preparing for your first ketamine treatment.
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About the Series
Ketamine was approved by the FDA in the 1970s and while it’s been used for decades in hospitals during surgical procedures, ketamine is now being administered for treatment resistant depression, extreme anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain. Is this safe? And who is the perfect candidate for ketamine treatment? Ketamine is an effective mental health treatment, but it’s not for everyone. So we sat down with leading psychiatrist Dr. Domenick Sportelli to break down everything you need to know about the medication.
Who is this series for?
This series is for anyone who wants to better understand the drug ketamine as a treatment for a variety of mental health disorders.
In this series, you’ll discover:
- The science behind ketamine as a form of treatment
- What to expect during a ketamine infusion treatment
- Side effects from ketamine and how to find the right provider
- Who is the right (and wrong) candidate for ketamine treatments
“People are going to start hearing more and more about ketamine. It’s incredibly important that people get the right education. They need to understand, what ketamine is used for, the safety profile, who might benefit, and what to look out for in these clinics popping up.”
Double Board Certified Psychiatrist, D.O.
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