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How Ketamine Therapy Could Help Your Child

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Is your child suffering from anxiety or depression? They may have already tried standard medications – which don’t always work for everyone. Thankfully, there are alternatives.
 Ketamine has already been proven as an effective anesthetic but, after dramatic results, clinically-tested ketamine infusion therapy is available to millions of Americans affected by mental illness. This FDA-approved therapy can change lives for those resistant to traditional medication for anxiety, depression and other conditions.
 You may want to consider talking to your doctor abut ketamine therapy at Neuro Wellness Spa and places like it.

Ketamine

So What Conditions Can This Safe Alternative Treat? 

Bipolar Disorder

This chronic mental health condition comes with alternate cycles of elation and depression. Ketamine therapy can help balance cerebral activity and thus reduce some symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Fibromyalgia

Perhaps a family member suffers from chronic pain. Ketamine therapy provides fast-acting pain relief without affecting breathing.
 Anxiety
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million Americans, or 20% of the population, struggle with anxiety. Between 30 to 40% find no relief with standard therapies, but ketamine can reduce anxiety symptoms.

Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the US. Approximately 17 million adults have experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Ketamine is fast-acting and can help if a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts. By developing neurons in the brain, ketamine therapy positively affects mood, thought patterns and cognition.

Spinal Injury

Ketamine works by stimulating the growth of neurons in the brain. This increase of synaptic connections can help reduce acute pain.

PTSD

Maybe your child is ex-military, or has suffered trauma an accident or event. With more than 3 million Americans affected each year by PTSD, ketamine therapy can rapidly and significantly relieve severe symptoms for those with this debilitating condition.

Neuralgia

Sufferers of neuralgia experience a shooting pain, from mild to severe, along a nerve pathway. If your child is affected by neuralgia, they may struggle with daily tasks such as dressing or walking, and it can seriously impact their quality of life. Ketamine therapy can be used for chronic pain that hasn’t responded to other treatment.

What Does A Ketamine Therapy Session Involve?

Consultation

Your child will be reviewed by the psychiatrist at the clinic providing the treatment. They will ask questions about your child’s condition, medical history, age and weight. This is to assess whether ketamine therapy is the right treatment.
The ketamine is slowly given by injection based on body weight. Treatment is carried out in a controlled environment, with each patient carefully and constantly monitored. Sessions last between 40 and 50 minutes. Care is given to ensure that your loved one feels comfortable and at ease. The lights may be dimmed and music can be played.

During Treatment

Some patients may experience sensitivity to light or sound, and feel disorientated during treatment. Others report being able to assess their thoughts and life experiences objectively, without judgement and emotion. Your child will not lose consciousness or experience hallucinations during treatment. They may experience a few mild side effects, including:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Loss of appetite

Following treatment, your child will be able to return to their schedule as normal.

Is Ketamine Therapy Right For Your Child?

By stimulating neuron growth in as little as one hour, ketamine therapy is fast becoming known as a promising treatment for chronic physical and psychiatric conditions. Always check with your doctor first to confirm that ketamine therapy is the most appropriate treatment for your loved one.

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