OCD Treatment

An Innovative OCD Treatment for the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

The National Alliance on Mental Health describes obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, as a mental health condition that is characterized by repetitive, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and irrational urges to do certain things (compulsions). There is a misconception that OCD merely makes someone overly organized or tidy, but the truth is that this condition interferes with a person’s ability to function daily.

At Elevate Infusion Therapy in Waxahachie, TX, our expert providers utilize ketamine therapy for OCD patients who have not gotten relief from other treatment options and medications. Contact us today to find out if you are a good candidate for ketamine treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

What Are the Symptoms of OCD?

OCD is not always easy to spot. Many factors contribute to and complicate OCD, such as genetics, personal and family history, and current situation, but some common signs to watch for are:

  • Fear of contamination or dirt
  • Doubting and having difficulty tolerating uncertainty
  • Needing things orderly and symmetrical
  • Disturbing thoughts about lack of agency and harming yourself or others
  • Unwanted thoughts that may deal with unpleasant subjects
  • Handwashing until your skin becomes raw
  • Checking doors repeatedly to make sure they’re locked
  • Checking the stove repeatedly to make sure it’s off
  • Counting in certain patterns
  • Silently repeating a prayer, word, or phrase
  • Arranging your canned goods to face the same way

Why Consider Ketamine for OCD?

Over the past 50 years, ketamine has gone from a powerful anesthetic to a prominent alternative for treating OCD. What was once used as a sedative has become an invaluable resource for various physical and mental issues, known both for its transformative power and fast results.

Traditional medications like antidepressants can take months to start working. Ketamine therapy, on the other hand, offers patients relief quickly, with some individuals reporting relief within a few hours of their first infusion session.

How Does Ketamine Work for OCD?

While there is still much to be understood about how ketamine works on the brain exactly, research has focused on ketamine’s effect on glutamate. It’s a neurotransmitter associated with memory, learning, and mood regulation found throughout the central nervous system.

Most current research shows ketamine has an excitatory effect on glutamate. The heightened glutamate activity allows new pathways to form. These new formations correlate with reduced stress, an increased ability to process information, and improved mood regulation.

Many researchers consider that the positive effects of many antidepressants may be a result of glutamate regulation, although less directly than ketamine. Because of this indirect process, SSRIs and tricyclic antidepressants often take weeks to start improving symptoms of OCD, if they do at all. Ketamine often produces results and relief from OCD symptoms during the first session.

During Your Ketamine Infusion

We strive to ensure all of our patients are comfortable and at ease in their treatment area during treatment, with care administered by exceptional and caring medical professionals.

Our attentive team will be close at hand to monitor you and facilitate your therapeutic experience during your infusion.

Am I A Good Candidate for Ketamine Treatment?

If you or a loved one has to deal with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and are searching for alternatives to traditional therapy methods, talk to us about ketamine infusions. 

Contact Elevate Infusion Therapy today for a free consultation where you’ll uncover why we provide one of the best, most effective treatments for OCD in Waxahachie, TX.

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