Efficacy and safety of ketamine in the management of anxiety and anxiety spectrum disorders: a review of the literature

Abstract Anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent psychiatric conditions. Despite many proven pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments available, high rates of partial response and low rates of long-term remission remain. Ketamine has been receiving increasing attention as an interventional treatment modality in psychiatry, especially among refractory conditions, including major depressive disorder. There is limited yet growing …

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The pros and cons of ketamine for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

By Tracie White Geuris “Jerry” Rivas, a native of New York, was diagnosed with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder when he was 15. Obsessions with organizing and reorganizing the belongings in his bedroom — posters, comic books, videos — took over most of his life. Forced by germ obsessions to compulsively wash and rewash his hands, he …

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How Revolutionary is Ketamine for Treating Depression and Anxiety?

Researchers are having a difficult time developing new classes of medicine to treat mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and pain associated with these conditions. Years ago, psychiatrists treated these mood disorders with medications that blocked monoamine receptors and monoamine transporters. However, these medicines produced adverse side effects, and some failed to work effectively. …

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Five Signs You Have Anxiety, A Must-Read for Everyone

Anxiety is a typical response when you’re experiencing stressful events throughout your life. For example, if you’re experiencing financial problems, starting a new family, or changing jobs, you may experience some modicum of anxiety. However, if the anxiety symptoms persist or exasperate beyond their trigger and interfere with your everyday life, then you may be …

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Boys rescued from Thai cave were sedated with ketamine

Medics who treated the 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a cave in Thailand last year credit the drug ketamine with playing a key role in the daring and dangerous mission to extract them. According to details of the rescue released in a medical journal Thursday, the boys were given unspecified doses of ketamine by …

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Ketamine May Relieve Depression By Repairing Damaged Brain Circuits

The anesthetic ketamine can relieve depression in hours and keep it at bay for a week or more. Now scientists have found hints about how ketamine works in the brain. Ketamine seemed to be repairing brain circuits that had been damaged by stress. That finding suggested one way that ketamine could be relieving depression in …

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Ketamine Is Showing Big Results in Treating Severe Social Anxiety

Initially created in the 1960s primarily for its anesthetic properties, ketamine is presently undergoing extensive research to explore how effectively works to alleviate symptoms associated with major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, and severe social anxiety disorder. If you are struggling with severe anxiety and have found conventional treatments aren’t providing relief, …

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Ketamine: The Evolution from Battlefield Anesthesia to Groundbreaking Infusion Treatment

[While the use of ketamine for medicinal purposes isn’t new (in fact, it’s been implemented for nearly fifty years for a variety of uses), there’s been an uprise in utilizing intravenous treatments over the past two decades. Medical professionals are implementing it in emergency room settings, as well as in their clinics, for the management …

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