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Who is a Good Candidate for Ketamine Therapy & Who Isn’t?

Who is a Good Candidate for Ketamine Therapy & Who Isn’t? FAQs About Ketamine.

Ketamine has recently shown promising results for helping many stubborn mental conditions. What conditions is it helpful for and which ones need more exploration? Keep reaching out to find out:

  • Who is a Good Candidate for Ketamine Therapy & Who Isn’t?
  • FAQs About Ketamine
  • And much more

Who is a Good Candidate for Ketamine Therapy & Who Isn’t?

Preferable Conditions for Ketamine Therapy:

Who is a Good Candidate for Ketamine Therapy & Who Isn’t?

Multiple studies on ketamine therapy have shown promising results. So, we can consider Ketamine for:

1. Individuals with Treatment-Resistant Depression

Sometimes, antidepressant medications work wonders. But they might not work for everyone. Such individuals experience a depression known as “treatment-resistant depression”. 

But hope is not lost! 

A scientific article was published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research (2022) which shows that ketamine works wonders for people with treatment-resistant depression! The best part? This article is no ordinary study, part of it is a meta-analysis. 

So, What is a Meta-Analysis Anyway?
To put it simply, it means that a group of scientists were able to go through many previous studies and their results. They can analyze and reach a conclusion from years of research. 

79 studies that have been conducted over the years show that ketamine therapy results in reduced depression, even when other medications do not work for you anymore. 

“Discover the transformative potential of Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy in NYC through our comprehensive guide.”

2. Individuals with Suicidal Ideation

Suicidal ideation is a concern for many countries worldwide. We already know that ketamine works for treatment-resistant depression. 

But to my surprise, scientific articles were talking about how ketamine can help reduce suicidal ideation too! 

A 2020 meta-analysis showed that ketamine can reduce symptoms of suicidal ideation in young people very quickly. This shows the power of ketamine and its usefulness in time-sensitive situations. 

3. Individuals with Persistent and/or Treatment Resistant Anxiety 

Ketamine has been shown to lessen the symptoms of anxiety in people with refractory (or persistent) anxiety.

A meta-analysis shows that ketamine had a positive outcome for people with generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder.

Another meta-analysis also found similar and supportive results. Participants with social and generalized anxiety disorder had fewer anxiety symptoms than people on placebo treatment. 

In other words, multiple studies show promising results for the use of ketamine and anxiety.

Non-Preferable Conditions for Ketamine Therapy:

Who is a Good Candidate for Ketamine Therapy & Who Isn’t?

There are many different conditions which still need to be studied more. That is why it is recommended to talk to your medical provider if you have:

1. Individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

There are several studies done on the effects of ketamine on people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

And it shows a lot of potential for reducing PTSD. Unlike previous concerns, studies show that ketamine does not worsen PTSD symptoms

However, the overall results have been inconclusive. 

One of the problems with studies exploring the use of ketamine in PTSD is the large amounts of variance present. For example, first responders were not included in many PTSD studies. In reality, they are more likely to experience PTSD due to the nature of their job. 

Multiple factors need to be considered when thinking about the effectiveness of ketamine for PTSD:

  • Type of PTSD
  • Severity 
  • Duration

This is why it is important to consult medical professionals to see if ketamine would be the right fit for you. 

2. Individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Ketamine has shown promising results for people experiencing obsessive-compulsive disorder. It was able to reduce the effects of OCD as shown in a meta-analysis. 

However, there are few studies done on the effects of ketamine on OCD. For example, the scientific article mentioned above includes only one study of ketamine and OCD. 

Another meta-analysis found promising potential for ketamine use in OCD. However, a reduction in symptoms was dependent on the duration and way of administering ketamine. You can read the paper in detail here.

With fewer studies:

  1. It is difficult to say if ketamine would have the same effects on different people. 
  2. It is difficult to say if ketamine would have the same effects if the experiment were repeated on similar participants.

It is always recommended to check in with medical professionals to know what is best for you. 

  3. Individuals Under 18

The majority of the studies do not include individuals under the age of 18. They are often excluded from studies for safety reasons. 

And so, the effects of ketamine for this age range have not been studied enough. Again, consulting experts in this area would be the best option. 

Conclusion

Ketamine is a wonderful and preferable option for people with treatment-resistant depression and anxiety. 

It also shows potential for individuals with PTSD. But, the large amount of variance makes it difficult to establish its effects for certain. 

For people with PTSD and OCD, it is preferable to talk to a medical professional and discuss which options would be the best fit for you.

FAQs About Ketamine

Q1: What is Ketamine Anyway?

Ketamine is a medication that has been used since the 1960s! The medicine was initially used as a general anesthetic. A general anesthetic is a medicine given to help you fall asleep for any surgical procedure. 
With time, scientists found that ketamine was also helpful with other conditions. For instance, they found ketamine working well to reduce depressive symptoms. 

Q2: How is Ketamine Administered?

Ketamine can be administered in the following ways:
Ketamine Lozenges and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP): The ketamine is administered orally and in the presence of a therapist
Ketamine Intravenous Infusions: The ketamine is given through an injection into the veins. 
Ketamine Nasal Spray (KAP): The ketamine is administered through a nasal spray and sprayed into the nose.
All 3 different administrations are Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). They have sessions before and after the treatments. In addition, we can help refer clients and set them up with a prescriber for ketamine.

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