UNLOCK YOUR MIND

How Ketamine Therapy Works 

 

For decades, scientists believed that depression was due to an imbalance of neurotransmitters (chemical signals) in the brain. We now know that this is not the whole story. People with depression have fewer connections between neurons, and their brains show abnormal patterns of activity in specific neural networks.

 

Ketamine causes the growth of new connections between neurons and can help restore normal patterns of brain activity. Unlike most psychiatric medications, which attempt to balance levels of neurotransmitters, ketamine sets off changes in the brain that can lead to continued benefits even after the medication leaves your body.

People with trauma, anxiety, and depression have often built narratives about themselves and the world around them that were helpful at one point, but have become entrenched, have outlived their usefulness, and are now the source of much suffering.

 

Think of these narratives like walls that were once built to protect you, but now actually imprison you. Given the chance to break free, where would you go? What would you see? What would you learn along the way?

 

Ketamine reduces the activity of the brain network that generates thoughts about ourselves (the "default mode network). Because of this, ketamine offers a temporary escape from these narratives. This "departure" from the ordinary state of consciousness can be the start of a healing journey.

Ketamine is a window of opportunity.  During a course of ketamine treatment, the increased growth of new neural connections means that your brain is more flexible than usual. This means that ketamine treatment is an ideal time to strengthen new pathways in the brain that support positive emotions, balanced thoughts, and healthier behaviors.  If you are stuck in mental rut, this is a chance to break free. If you are trapped in a cycle of unhealthy coping mechanisms, this is a chance to reset.  This is also an ideal time to develop new habits.  By helping change your brain, ketamine creates the opportunity to change your mind and change your life.

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Conditions We Treat

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Depression 

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Anxiety Disorders 

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PTSD 

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Chronic Pain

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