Ketamine for anxiety

Save Minds provides services around Ketamine for anxiety. Once predominantly used as an anaesthetic, Ketamine is now gaining ground as a potential tool in the war against major depression; it is considered as a promising treatment against what is currently considered a leading cause of disability globally. Why is Ketamine so exciting, as a potential treatment for depression, you ask? Well, it has been established that, if an individual respond to Ketamine quickly, it has the potential to significantly reduce their chances of thinking about and committing suicide. It has also been shown to be effective in treating depression and anxiety. Whereas most medication meant to treat anxiety and depression take weeks (if not months) to take effect in patients, others require divergent modes of treatment for them to gain relief.

How Ketamine works

Ketamine’s effects and how they are achieved are still largely a mystery within the scientific community. However, Ketamine has been shown to exert itself in the form of antidepressant effects, thus highlighting its potential to successfully manage anxiety and depression. This is true when considering other forms of treatment that have not worked. One of the ways Ketamine is thought to impact on anxiety is by targeting the brain’s NMDA receptors; as it binds to these receptors, Ketamine is thought to increase the amount of glutamate in between neurons. An increase in glutamate activates AMPA receptors, which when in conjunction with NMDA receptors, are thought to lead to synaptogenesis, a process that most likely affects cognition, thought patterns and mood.

Forming new neural connections

Ketamine for anxiety triggers the production of glutamate; a series of events after this leads to the brain prompting the formation of new neural connections. The development of these new neural connections is thought to make the brain more adaptable to its environment as well as give it the ability to create new pathways. Overall, this gives the patient the opportunity to develop thoughts and behaviours that are increasingly positive.