Ketamine is a medication that’s largely recognized as a surgical anesthetic, but its benefits for mental health like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are becoming clearer.
At Klarity Clinic, our medical specialists harness the power of ketamine infusion therapy to treat a range of mental health conditions, including addiction to drugs and alcohol. We specialize in customized treatment plans to address symptoms like low mood, anxiety, and chronic pain.
Ketamine infusions also offer advantages for your overall health. One of the biggest benefits for many is the drug’s ability to boost your memory and cognitive function.
An overview of ketamine therapy and mental health
Ketamine therapy involves infusions of the medication directly into your bloodstream through an intravenous (IV) line in your vein. The dosage of ketamine you receive is much lower than the dose used for surgery, so you stay alert during your treatment.
Ketamine works on your brain by quickly increasing levels of glutamate, the brain’s largest neurotransmitter that plays a key role in healthy brain function. Infusions of ketamine also repair damaged neural connections and support the growth of new connections, so your brain can heal from the inside out.
The new neural connections help you achieve significant relief of your mental health symptoms. The drug is particularly effective at addressing treatment-resistant conditions that don’t respond to traditional psychiatric medications.
Ketamine has also been shown to offer benefits for your overall cognitive function, so you can live a fuller, higher quality life for longer.
Triggers of cognitive decline
Cognitive function describes biological processes supported by your brain. These processes include your:
- Reasoning and logic
- Information processing
The changes that occur naturally in your brain as you age can affect your cognitive function. Underlying physical and mental health conditions can prematurely disrupt your cognitive function, which can significantly limit your ability to process and remember information.
You may also be susceptible to cognitive decline if you experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or develop neurological conditions like dementia.
The benefits of ketamine for cognitive function
When you have depression or other medical conditions that affect your brain, you experience a decline in the level of neurotransmitters. Because these chemicals are essential for good communication between your brain and the nerves that control your moods, any decline in their levels can spark unwanted symptoms.
Ketamine infusions rapidly restore your neurotransmitter levels, so symptom relief comes quickly. Higher levels of glutamate clear the brain fog, so you can think more clearly and function at peak levels. Ketamine may also boost other brain chemicals that contribute to cognitive processes like memory and the ability to pay attention.
Though ketamine infusion therapy might not be your first line of treatment for conditions that lower your cognitive function, you may be a candidate if medications and psychological therapy isn’t working well.
Our Klarity Clinic team offers comprehensive medical evaluations to determine if ketamine is a good fit for your needs. We also provide supportive resources that help you get the most out of your treatment.
Call the Klarity Clinic office near you to schedule a consultation for ketamine infusion therapy, or book an appointment online today.