When intrusive thoughts interfere with your daily life, don’t put off an evaluation for anxiety. Nearly 40 million people in the United States live with anxiety, and some have a hard time treating it.
To find relief of the mental and physical symptoms anxiety can cause, our team at Klarity Clinic offer ketamine infusion therapy. We use low doses of ketamine to treat moderate-to-severe anxiety when other medications aren’t working.
Why you have anxiety
Anxiety is a mental health disorder that causes persistent feelings of fear, restlessness, and dread. You can also develop physical symptoms of anxiety, such as a rapid heartbeat, increased sweating, and dizziness.
Though the root cause of anxiety isn’t well understood, several factors can play a role in the condition, including your:
- Brain chemistry
You may also be more likely to develop anxiety if you experience ongoing stress in your life, have a history of trauma, or if you have underlying physical or mental health issues.
If you overuse caffeine or certain medications, you may feel like your anxiety symptoms get worse.
Seeking help for anxiety
Though you may have anxious feelings at certain points in your life, such as before a big event or during a stressful situation at work, ongoing anxiety shouldn’t be ignored.
Our team recommends that you schedule an anxiety screening if you have symptoms of anxiety that last two weeks or more. These symptoms can include:
- Intrusive thoughts
- Persistent restlessness
- Isolation from others
- Changes in appetite
- Thoughts or actions of self-harm or suicide
With the right treatment plan, you can better manage your anxiety symptoms and reduce your risk for more serious complications. A combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medications can help you find relief of your anxiety symptoms.
However, if this approach isn’t working well for you and your anxiety is getting worse, it may be time to consider the benefits of ketamine infusion therapy.
How ketamine treats anxiety
Ketamine is traditionally used as a surgical anesthetic. In lower doses, it can be an effective treatment option for anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions.
Our Klarity Clinic team offers infusions of ketamine to address hard-to-treat anxiety. The medication works on your brain and creates new neural connections. These connections help normalize your brain function, so you can find fast and long-lasting relief of your anxiety symptoms.
Treatment involves a series of ketamine infusions over the course of several weeks. We provide you with specific doses of ketamine through an intravenous (IV) line that goes directly into your bloodstream.
Many people experience symptom relief after their first infusion and, by the end of their treatment, are able to resume their usual activities without any anxiety. Because ketamine works directly on your brain to improve its function, you can expect your results to be long-lasting.
Learn how ketamine infusion therapy can help you gain control over your anxiety. Call the Klarity Clinic nearest you today to schedule an anxiety consultation, or book an appointment online.