Although people may flippantly say they’re OCD about cleaning their homes or organizing their work, people with diagnosable obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) know that it’s no laughing matter. And all too many of those people try treatment with little to no results. That’s why ketamine infusion specialist Sarah Coakley, DO, and Summit Ketamine Innovations offer ketamine OCD treatment at their office in Parker, Colorado. If you’re in the Denver metro, Colorado Springs metro, or the great Colorado Front Range area and would like to find out how ketamine can help alleviate your obsessions and compulsions, call the office or request an appointment online.
As the name implies, OCD is a mental health disorder marked by a recurring cycle of obsessions and compulsions in which an individual gets stuck. Obsessions are thoughts that come regularly, unbidden, and, in most cases, unwelcomed. Although the individual doesn’t want to be having these thoughts, the obsessions make their way into the person’s mind time and again.
While obsessions vary from individual to individual, some of the most common include obsessive thoughts about:
These intrusive thoughts also cause the individual to engage in a repetitive thought pattern or behavior, often in an attempt to counteract the obsession. Although the individual often feels that the compulsion will relieve feelings of anxiety, they usually would prefer not to perform their compulsion. Instead, they feel that they have to, oftentimes worrying that something bad will happen if they don’t. Some common compulsions include:
OCD can play a pervasive, unwanted role in your life. But there are steps you can take to alleviate your obsessions and compulsions.
Acknowledging that OCD is affecting you and seeking treatment is the first step toward minimizing its role in your life. The first treatment most people try is therapy alongside a medication called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
While this treatment can be helpful for some people, it doesn’t bring relief to nearly a third of patients who try it. So Summit Ketamine Innovations offers another treatment option: ketamine.
Summit Ketamine Innovations offers ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine impacts the glutamate levels in your brain. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter linked to OCD. By balancing glutamate levels, ketamine treatment helps your brain break the cycle of obsessive thoughts, releasing you from your compulsions. By treating your brain directly, ketamine can bring you fast (within weeks) relief from your OCD, helping you lead a more balanced life.
If you’re interested in learning more about how ketamine helps people living with OCD, don’t hesitate to call Summit Ketamine Innovations. Alternately, you can request your ketamine consultation online.