OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)
What is OCD?
For many people, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) means arranging kitchen cupboards in a neat order or favoring clean things. People use it as a descriptive term in conversation, often as a joke. But only those who really suffer from this syndrome know the real horribleness that OCD can cause. OCD is a mental disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and recurring behaviors (compulsions). Symptoms include repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images and may result in repetitive behaviors such as obsessive cleaning or handwashing, repeated arranging and checking on things, and compulsive counting. That usually results in the development of numerous fears and phobias. Also an unendurable mental pressure. Traditional therapies for obsessive-compulsive disorder often do not provide good enough results. Therefore, we present you with a treatment gaining popularity as one of the most effective alternative treatments for OCD.
Ketamine infusion therapy has the potential to provide rapid symptom relief to those struggling with OCD. Studies have shown relief from obsessions within 10 minutes of a ketamine infusion and a complete stop to obsessions 30 minutes post-infusion. Growing evidence indicates that glutamate plays a role in OCD symptoms. Ketamine acts on brain receptors for glutamate and has shown remarkable therapeutic effects in depression and other disorders. The effect is rapid and patients report great benefits. The effects persisted long past the half-life of ketamine, indicating that helpful effects remained long after ketamine had been cleared from the body. In some individuals, the therapeutic effects could persist for two to four weeks.
At Loop Medical Centre we offer infusions of this powerful and safe anesthetic for people struggling with OCD so that they can achieve clearness of mind and be better able to focus on therapy and recovery. Before administering ketamine therapy, each client undergoes a detailed medical examination to determine that it is safe to receive this therapy. Ketamine therapy can look different for each patient, depending on their needs. Usually, patients get infusions several times a week for 3-4 weeks, with each one lasting about 45 minutes. Our team of qualified experts works tirelessly to bring this innovative therapy to you with understanding, care, and kindness. With succeeding treatments and ongoing ketamine therapy long-term relief from OCD can be maintained.