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Ketamine Infusion Therapy to Treat Eating Disorders

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The Benefits of IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy in Treating Eating Disorders

Eating disorders such as Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia nervosa are a type of mental illness focused on body image and restricted caloric intake. Yet the reality of eating disorders is anything but simple. Individuals coping with an eating disorder face a double threat: physical complications due to malnutrition and starvation and a high rate of suicide. In fact, EDs have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses.

Successfully treating individuals with eating disorders is unusually complicated, requiring simultaneous treatment of the psychological aspects of the disease and the physical difficulties of correctly reintroducing the body to normal amounts of food and nutrients. Recent studies indicate that including IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy into the treatment process can offer immediate and long-term relief from the obsessive habits and negative thought patterns at the root of many EDs.

What is an Eating Disorder (ED)?

Eating Disorders (ED) are a broad term for any mental illness that involves an abnormal and unhealthy relationship with food and eating. In some cases, an ED also involves an obsession with body image and weight. The American Psychiatric Association defines eight different types of ED; however, two of the most common and most difficult to treat are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa both involve extreme caloric restriction and an obsession with weight and body image. In the case of Anorexia Nervosa, the at-risk individual will simply refuse to eat sufficient calories, while Bulimia Nervosa involves recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by purging through vomiting, laxatives, excessive exercise, and other means. The ends, however, are the same: significantly low body weight coupled with an intense fear of gaining weight and an inability to truly see an accurate body size. Without treatment, every system of the body is at risk of damage and fatal complications due to malnourishment and potential starvation.

What is the Standard Treatment for Eating Disorders?

Treating EDs is complicated at best, especially for individuals with severe health complications due to long-term anorexia and/or bulimia. The majority of patients who have been diagnosed with an ED also suffer from an associated mood disorder such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia, and suicidal ideation; many are also likely to suffer from alcohol addiction or substance abuse. Moreover, unlike other addictive behaviors, patients coping with ED cannot simply “quit”. Instead, recovery must simultaneously cope with addiction-like habits and obsessions/negative thought patterns while building a healthy relationship with food, calories, weight, and body image.

Traditional therapy for EDs usually centers around cognitive behavioral therapy to address the underlying emotional and mental triggers at the root of the ED, in most cases coupled with antidepressants such as SSRIs to fight depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and other coexisting mood disorders. A critical part of any recovery process is enforced supervision to ensure appropriate eating and compliance with structure food plans.  

For patients in end-stage anorexia or bulimia, immediate treatment must include a carefully planned and medically-supervised process of “re-feeding”, or slowly reintroducing the body and the digestive tract to appropriate levels of food—too much food, too early can be as physically dangerous as allowing the ED to go unchecked. Patients at the end stage of their struggle with ED require quick and timely intervention; they may not have the time to allow therapy and antidepressants to “kick in”.

The Role of IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy in Treating EDs

Ketamine Infusion Therapy may offer a ray of hope for individuals suffering from ED, especially individuals for whom SSRIs have proven ineffective or who have experience extreme side effects to traditional SSRIs. When administered in very low (sub-anesthetic) doses directly into the blood stream via IV—hence the name, IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy—ketamine has shown to have an immediate impact on the chemistry of the brain, breaking the cycle of obsessive-compulsive thoughts at the root of many EDs. When administered in a series of treatments, coupled with therapy, supervised eating, and potentially other medications as appropriate, IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy shows promise for helping ED sufferers return to healthier eating patterns over the long term.  

Contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles

If you or someone you love has an eating disorder but has not found relief through traditional treatment with antidepressants, we encourage you to contact Dr. Steven L. Mandel at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles immediately to find out if IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy may offer a solution.

We encourage you to visit our website at https://www.ketamineclinics.com/ or contact us at 424-343-8889 to schedule an appointment.

 

For more information about Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy for PTSD in Combat Veterans

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Sitting safely here at home, it is difficult to even imagine the horrors and the trauma that soldiers endure when in combat situations. Being attacked or ambushed, seeing fellow soldiers wounded or killed, knowing your life is constantly in danger: we can only attempt to understand the physical and mental toll living through these situations must take. The trauma that comes with experiencing combat first-hand is very real and hardly a new phenomenon. In fact, what we now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, was first formally recognized in 1678 by Swiss military physicians and called “nostalgia”. Other names for PTSD over the centuries have included:

  • Soldier’s Heart during the Civil War
  • Shell Shock during WWI
  • Battle Fatigue during WWII
  • Vietnam Combat Reaction and Post-Vietnam Syndrome during and after the Vietnam War
  • And most recently: Catastrophic Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Yet regardless of what it is called, PTSD can, and all-too-often does, have a devastating impact on the lives of combat and their families. The specific symptoms of PTSD can vary widely depending on the individual and may include anger, depression, suicidal ideation, insomnia, and/or nightmares. In general, however, it is easiest to view the symptoms of PTSD within four broad classifications:

  • Reminders of the traumatic event/events: memories, flashbacks, reminders, nightmares, or distressing thought patterns can lead to extreme emotional and physical reactions such as panic attacks, heart palpitations, and uncontrolled shaking.
  • Avoidance or withdrawal: deliberately or unintentionally avoiding any events or activities that might serve as a potential reminder of the trauma, causing a loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable and/or withdrawing from friends and family.
  • Cycles of negative thinking and/or mood swings: can include persistent feelings of fear, guilt, or shame, exaggerated and uncontrollable negative thinking, as well as anxiety, depression, and anger.
  • Hyper-arousal: a feeling of being on your guard or hyper-aware at all times. This can manifest as irritability, easily angered, reckless behavior, trouble concentrating, and/or difficulty sleeping.

Some psychiatrists have likened PTSD to being “stuck”: the nervous system is unable to escape from the biological “fight or flight” response to the extreme danger of combat. The goal of any treatment approach is to help the nervous system become “unstuck”, so it can start a natural transition out of the combat zone and into a normal state of balance.

How Ketamine Therapy Reduces Symptoms of PTSD

A new clinical trial is exploring the potential benefits of IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy for helping combat veterans recover from PTSD. It is hoped that the results of this clinical trial will bolster the mounting evidence—from previous studies as well as anecdotal evidence—that Ketamine Infusion Therapy can offer immediate relief from many of the symptoms associated with PTSD, especially for veterans who may not have responded to traditional antidepressants.

We believe that when combined with therapy and counseling, IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy offers combat veterans suffering from PTSD with a safe and highly-effective alternative to traditional antidepressants. As an NMDA receptor antagonist, ketamine has been shown to have an immediate anti-depressive impact on the brain’s chemistry by restoring the brain’s proper balance of glutamate, a critical neurotransmitter responsible for learning and memory. When delivered in sub-anesthetic doses directly into the blood stream through an IV, IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy can quickly break the cycle of depression, anxiety, negative thinking, and especially suicidal ideation that are all-too-often symptomatic of PTSD.   

Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan deserve the opportunity to return to their families and enjoy the peace that their bravery has given us here at home, free from the trauma of PTSD. When administered properly as part of a comprehensive treatment program, IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy can be a powerful and effective option in helping all veterans achieve this goal.

Contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles today

If you or someone you love is a combat veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, we encourage you to contact Dr. Steven L. Mandel at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles to find out if IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy may offer a solution.

We encourage you to visit our website at ketamineclinics.com or contact us at 424-343-8889 to schedule an appointment.

 

For more information about Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625.

What Is Mental Illness?

shutterstock_67549648-200x300 What Is Mental Illness? Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaAwareness of mental illness is—thankfully—on the rise in the United States today. An important part of our growing awareness is recognition that mental illness is a disease like any other, causing symptoms—and behaviors—that are sometimes beyond control, but not beyond help. As awareness grows, so too does our ability, as a society, to recognize, diagnose, and treat mental illness as we would any other disease or physical ailment.

Yet before we can truly have an educated discussion about mental illness, its impact on individuals and families, and the range of potential treatment options available today, it is critical to understand exactly what mental illness is.

  • Mental health is a state of emotional and psychological well-being that facilitates effective functioning in normal everyday activities such as work and/or school, enables healthy relationships and social interactions, and gives us the ability to adapt to change and cope with stress and adversity.
  • Mental illness is a collective name for any emotional and/or psychological disorder involving changes—usually negative—in our emotional state, thinking, and/or behavior. A mental illness usually in some way undermines the ability to effectively participate in routine activities, social interactions, and/or relationships, and interferes with the ability to cope with distress.

Mental illness can take many forms and manifest in many different ways. It does not discriminate; mental illness can impact anyone of any race/ethnicity, gender, age, income level, social status, geography, or any other aspect of cultural identity. It may be relatively mild, involving only a slight and/or occasional disruption to everyday living, or it can be severe, preventing any type of normal functioning. It can manifest as one or more physical symptoms or it may present solely as an emotional concern.

Most importantly, mental illness can be difficult to recognize. It isn’t always obvious when a distressed emotional state moves from a temporary mood or feeling to a serious mental health concern. Due to the perceived stigma around mental illness, many people may be reticent about discussing it or seeking professional help. Often, friends and family play a critical role in helping loved ones seek treatment and professional help. Hopefully, as awareness about mental illness grows, the stigma surrounding it that all-too-often prevents sufferers from seeking help, will diminish.

How is Mental Illness Treated?

Like diseases of the body, mental illness is treatable. Under appropriate medical and/or psychological care, many people suffering from mental illness can see drastic improvement in their ability to function at work, at school, and in society. Scientists and researchers are learning more every day about how the brain works and about how mental illness changes the chemistry of the brain in different ways. Luckily, they are also discovering new and increasingly effective treatment options.

A “one-size-fits-all” approach to treating mental illness is almost never effective. There are many different types of mental illness, each of which can impact an individual very differently. Therefore, any appropriate and effective treatment for mental illness must be closely tailored to the symptoms and needs of each individual patient, and then monitored carefully over both the short- and long-term. Usually, treating a mental health concern requires a long-term commitment on the part of doctors and the patient’s support network (friends, family, etc.) to ensure continued effectiveness and, hopefully, success.

In general, treating a mental health disorder usually requires a multi-faceted approach, including physical evaluation, psychological therapy and/or counseling, and medication. The combination of these three elements will depend on the specific nature of the illness, its unique symptoms, and the needs of the patient. Self-help, lifestyle changes, and an active and involved support network of trusted family and friends also play a critical part in any successful treatment.  

Traditionally, physicians and psychiatrists have relied on—in many cases—a combination of therapy and antidepressants. Unfortunately, antidepressants are not always appropriate: they simply don’t work for everyone or  can have serious side effects. Moreover, all antidepressants take time to become effective and carry the risk of long-term addiction.

Scientists are beginning to understand the potential benefits of IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy as a treatment for mood disorders. This revolutionary treatment—harnessing the power of a well-known and safe anesthesia—has the potential to bring real and lasting relief to many individuals suffering from mental illness, when properly administered as part of a long-term treatment plan.  

Contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a mental illness, we encourage you to contact Dr. Steven L. Mandel at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles today to find out if IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy may offer an appropriate treatment option.

We encourage you to visit our website at www.ketamineclinics.com or contact us at 424-343-8889 to schedule an appointment.

 

For more information about Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625.

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles Adopt Highways to Give Back and Help Keep the City Cleaner

adopt-a-highway-1-461x630 Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles Adopt Highways to Give Back and Help Keep the City Cleaner Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaKetamine Clinics of Los Angeles adopted four highways in the Los Angeles, CA area in an effort to give back and keep the city cleaner. That’s 16 miles of litter removal per month! Check out our current signs located at:

  • 405 Southbound –  Waterford to Pico
  • 405 Southbound –  Imperial to Rosecrans
  • 105 Eastbound –  Hawthorne Blvd to 118th St
  • 101 Southbound – Barham to Lankershim

When asked why he decided to implement the program at depression treatment center Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, Chief Operating Officer Sam Mandel said, “Growing up in LA has made me a lover of the city’s natural beauty. I’ve also seen lots of trash fill the streets over the years, with the amount of litter increasing. I try to do my part on a daily basis by reducing, reusing, and recycling, but not everyone is as willing. This is one more way that I and our Ketamine Clinics are giving back to the community we know and love.”

About the Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) Program

The Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program provides an avenue for individuals, organizations, or businesses to help maintain sections of roadside within California’s State Highway System. Groups have the option to participate as volunteers or to hire a maintenance service provider to perform the work on their behalf.

The Adopt-A-Highway program, which began in 1989, has been one of the truly successful government-public partnerships of our time. More than 120,000 Californians have cleaned and enhanced over 15,000 shoulder-miles of roadside.

Participation can include one or more of the following activities:

  • Removing litter (work frequency varies with location).

  • Planting and establishing trees or wildflowers.

  • Removing graffiti.

  • Controlling vegetation.

The Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) Program is solely administered by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Adoptions usually span a two-mile stretch of roadside, and permits are issued for five-year periods. For more information click here.

For more information on Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, or depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625.

 

How to Choose the Best Ketamine Provider

blog-pic-2-200x300 How to Choose the Best Ketamine Provider Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaIV Ketamine Infusion Therapy has the potential to revolutionize treatment for serious and debilitating mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and PTSD, as well as chronic pain. And to achieve successful outcomes with ketamine—as with all medical procedures—it is absolutely critical that this treatment only be administered by an experienced physician or psychiatrist. Yet selecting the “right” provider—one whom you can trust with your most valuable asset, your mental health—can be a challenging process. To help guide you through the process of selecting a qualified ketamine provider, we have created a relatively simple list of important questions you should ask yourself—and your chosen provider—when doing your research and during your initial consultation.

Does your provider have demonstrated expertise backed by a medical degree?

Ketamine Therapy can be properly administered by either an anesthesiologist or a psychiatrist. At a minimum, be sure to select someone with a medical degree from a recognized medical school. When possible, it would be best to choose someone who is “Board certified” in their field, as this means they have passed the highest possible qualifying standards in the United States.

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles is relatively unique in the field of IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy. The founder and President of Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles—Dr. Steven L. Mandel—is a board certified Anesthesiologist with a masters degree in psychology with over 35 years of experience. Therefore, he is uniquely qualified to understand the benefits of ketamine from both a medical and a psychological perspective.

Is your practitioner open and honest with you?

Ketamine is an exciting and promising new treatment but it is not a miracle cure. Depression, anxiety, and PTSD are long-term issues that cannot be “fixed” in a day. It is important to find a provider who will ensure that you understand how IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy may work for you, as well as the risks associated with it.

Patient education is a key element in the treatment approach at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles. We believe that you are your own best advocate, but only if you truly understand the challenges you are facing and the treatment options available to you. In other words, we believe that an educated and empowered patient is the very best ally in fighting for good mental health.

Is your provider open to a team approach?

As noted above, treating mood disorders, mental illness, and chronic pain is not something that can be done in a day, and it’s not something that can be done alone. The best outcomes involve a team of people all working together to develop a comprehensive treatment approach. It is important that this team communicate with each other, so they are working with each other, not at cross purposes, to help you achieve a healthier state of mind.

At Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, we realize that most patients who come to us are already working with one or more doctors or medical providers to address their concerns. We deeply respect those relationships and, assuming we have your permission to do so, will work closely with your team of providers, ensuring we are accessible and collaborative, and are adding value to your other existing therapies and treatment programs.

Does your practitioner offer personalized, tailored care?

Everybody is unique and different, and their mental health issues are as well. A “cookie-cutter” approach is simply not appropriate. At Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, we believe that each and every IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatment must be tailored to the unique needs of each individual, at that specific time. Finding the right treatment approach might seem slow at first, as we take the time to get to know you, your concerns, and your medical history. But achieving successful, long-lasting outcomes requires a customized process which cannot, and should not, be rushed.

Do you feel safe and comfortable?

This is perhaps the most important question of all: do you feel safe, comfortable, welcome, and supported? At Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, ensuring that you feel safe is our top priority. Throughout your entire treatment process, we listen to you and we strive to always be 100% responsive to your questions, requests, and concerns—and we are always just a phone call or email away, even after hours. Because whichever treatment you choose to secure your best mental health simply won’t work if you don’t feel safe, comfortable, and supported right from the start.

Contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles

If you or someone you love is seeking help for depression, PTSD, or another form of mood disorder, or coping with chronic pain, we encourage you to contact Dr. Steven L. Mandel at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles immediately to find out if IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy may offer a solution.

 

For more information about Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625.

People Love Us on Yelp!

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” There is really not enough you can say about this doctor, facility or it’s staff so I will try to be as consice as possible.

Dr. Mandel – Pioneer, brilliant, contagious spirit, Hawkings-like, insightful, empathetic. Brings new definition to the Hippocratic oath.

Staff – Alissa, Matt and ??? (1000 apologies) are all absolutely amazing. Their kindness and sense of way ingratiates, calms and brings peace to the patients going there seeking assistance. 

Facility – Immaculately clean, positive, 1000% professional and fully equipped.

As far as the procedure, in the interest of full transparency, it depends on the individuals personal medical situation and their own experience with this particular or similar medication. In any instance, the clinic is fully prepared whether it’s eye shades, headphones or meds. Only as Doctor approved of course.

BOTTOM LINE – In the interest of HIPPA, Im not going to go into any detail about my situation but I can tell you with 100% certainty that this type of treatment works! Proof is in the pudding. Psychedelics vs the nightmare pillmill is where all the research is right now and definite progress being made. Really bad news for big pharm. Don’t take my word for it, do your own due diligence.

Hope this helped and here’s to good health.
Live long and prosper.”

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5staryelpreview-300x72 People Love Us on Yelp! Los Angeles Southern California By C H., Pasadena, CA

 

“I came into this clinic a ghost of myself, having struggled with depression for fifty years. I’d spent the last two years getting worse and worse and trying one new antidepressant after another with no improvement. A friend referred me here and from the first phone call to the last treatment, I felt cared for by a group of compassionate professionals.

Dr. Mandel was easy to talk to, because he’s is a caring, warm person with a sense of humor.  I also had and amazing nurse, Denise, who will literally hold your hand if you’re being a baby and need her to. Dr. Mary Beth was also an incredibly warm, competent person. As was my intake interviewer, Angel.

It was really hard for me to come to the decision to try Ketamine for my depression, but, this is a safe place, and I was able to let go and trust in them and the process.  Two weeks out from my last treatment I feel normal and I get normal-er every day. That’s all I wanted. I’m not looking for bliss, but to just be me again. To be a regular person out in the world, dealing with all the ups and downs of living. And that’s what I have today. It’s kind of cool.”

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5staryelpreview-300x72 People Love Us on Yelp! Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaBy Jennifer P., Huntington Beach, CA

I just came from my KetamineClinics infusion today I think I waited a lil too long. I am Happy to report that things went great as they usually do! I love Dr MANDEL and his staff! The past 4 years I have been receiving treatment. I should not second guess myself. When I go in and get my treatment I feel so much better! Yes I have going faithfully for years and it’s still works! I am my worst enemy when I feel down I have to go in! I have never regretted it! Thank You Dr MANDEL and staff! You all make it so much easier to get through it!

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For more information about Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625.

New Study Indicates Ketamine Therapy Could Hold Promise for Adolescents Suffering from Depression

Adolescent Depression Treatment

Adolescent-Depression-Treatment-with-Ketamine New Study Indicates Ketamine Therapy Could Hold Promise for Adolescents Suffering from Depression Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaA new study recently published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology indicates that ketamine could be a promising treatment option for adolescents suffering from treatment-resistant depression.[1]

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, followed 13 adolescents aged 12 through 18 who failed to respond positively to two previous trials with traditional antidepressants. Over the course of two weeks, the teens were given six low-dose infusions of ketamine. Researchers found that the IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy resulted in an average decrease of 42% on the Children’s Depression Rating Scale (a widely-used clinical scale for assessing severity of depression and change in symptoms in adolescents) and reported that the treatment was “well-tolerated”.

The authors of the study conclude that these promising results indicate that Ketamine Therapy could provide an alternate treatment for teens and adolescents who have not responded to traditional treatment with antidepressants. This research builds on the growing body of scientific literature supporting low-dose ketamine infusions as a potential treatment for adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mood disorders.

Successfully Treating Depression in Adolescents is Vital for Long-Term Health

Adolescence is a crucial period of emotional development, and unfortunately for many teens, a time in which depression can begin to manifest. Yet it is also an important period of brain development. If depression is left untreated during this crucial period of development, it can hinder the brain from achieving critical developmental milestones, potentially setting up the potential for long-term negative outcomes such as chronic depression, disability, and even—in the worst cases—suicide. Therefore, many psychiatrists stress the importance of treating depressing quickly and effectively in order to restore healthy brain development during this critical time.

Traditional treatment for depression in teens generally focuses on a combination of therapy/counseling and antidepressants. Unfortunately, antidepressants present several challenges for patients in this age group. First, they take several weeks, if not months, to take effect. This delay can leave teens vulnerable to additional suffering and at a higher risk of suicide. Second, about 40% of adolescents do not respond to the first attempt at intervention with antidepressants, and of those non-responders, only about half respond to the second attempt at treatment. These bleak statistics indicate that among adolescents, a significant number are coping with treatment-resistant depression. Third, antidepressants carry an FDA “black box warning” about the potential for elevated risk of suicidal ideation and behavior in some individuals under the age of 25.

Because ketamine works on the brain differently than antidepressants, it potentially offers a more positive outcome for adolescents who have not responded to treatment with antidepressants or who would like an alternative form of treatment. IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy involves delivering a very low (sub-anesthetic) dose of ketamine slowly into the bloodstream directly via an IV. Many patients who have undergone Ketamine Therapy report feeling an immediate sensation of relief and a rapid easing of depressive symptoms. The duration of these results is unique to each patient.

Contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles

If your child or adolescent is struggling with depression or has not responded to treatment with antidepressants, we encourage you to contact Dr. Steven L. Mandel at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles immediately to find out if IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy may offer a solution.

For more information about Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625.

 

[1] Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology VOL. 28, NO. 7

Intravenous Ketamine for Adolescents with Treatment-Resistant Depression: An Open-Label Study

Kathryn R. Cullen, Palistha Amatya, Mark G. Roback, Christina Sophia Albott, Melinda Westlund Schreiner, Yanan Ren, Lynn E. Eberly, Patricia Carstedt, Ali Samikoglu, Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel, Kristina Reigstad, Nathan Horek, Susannah Tye, Kelvin O. Lim, and Bonnie Klimes-Dougan.

Published Online: 14 Sep 2018 (https://doi.org/10.1089/cap.2018.0030)

Ketamine used to manage opioid / Pain killer medicine withdrawals

The Ongoing Challenge of Chronic Pain, Opioid Addiction, and Opioid Withdrawal

Ketamine-used-to-manage-opioid-Pain-killer-medicine-withdrawals-300x200 Ketamine used to manage opioid / Pain killer medicine withdrawals Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaFor individuals whose lives have been turned upside down by persistent, long-term chronic pain, the options offered by today’s modern medical science can seem almost miraculous. In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies practically promised to make chronic pain a thing of the past with the introduction of powerful prescription pain medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. These synthetically-derived medications are known as “opioids” because they have the same chemical structure as drugs like morphine and heroin that are naturally derived from the poppy plant.

Now, more than two decades later, we have come to realize that the promise of opioid pain medications comes with a very dark side. While these medications do offer significant pain relief, they also carry the very real risk of serious, long-term addiction and the potential for overdose. According to a 2015 article in Pain magazine, it is estimated that between 21 and 29% of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.[1] According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, it is estimated that 2 million people in the United States suffer from addiction relating to prescription opioid pain relievers, while more than 33,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose in 2015 alone.[2]

Of course we know that most individuals taking opioids for chronic pain don’t want to become addicted: they simply want to live their lives free of pain. Unfortunately, when opioids are taken over the long term, the brain naturally builds up a tolerance or resistance to the drug, so the patient must take it in higher and higher dosages to achieve the same pain relieving effects. Conversely, reducing or eliminating the brain’s growing dependence on the opioid not only brings back the chronic pain in full force, but can also bring with it very serious physical withdrawal symptoms that themselves require additional medications.

Ketamine as a Potential Solution to Opioid Withdrawal and Chronic Pain

Now, it appears that science has once again come through with a solution to this growing problem in the form of Ketamine Infusion Therapy. Ketamine Therapy involves delivering ketamine, a well-known anesthetic, directly into the blood stream in sub-anesthetic doses. Although scientists are still in the process of understanding the complex ways in which ketamine, as an NMDA receptor antagonist, alters the chemistry of the brain, both recent studies and anecdotal evidence strongly suggest that ketamine can play a powerful and positive role in combatting opioid withdrawal and managing chronic pain.

Specifically, IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy may be able to break the dangerous cycle of opioid pain medications in several important ways:

  1. Ketamine Therapy can address immediate withdrawal symptoms that may result from a rapid reduction in opioid usage. Ketamine has proven effective in treating both the physical symptoms of withdrawal, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and restlessness, and the emotional side effects, most critically depression, which is one of the leading causes of relapse back into opioid addiction.
  1. IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy can help reduce tolerance (drug resistance) to opioid medications. In other words, by enabling the patient to eliminate the use of opioids for a period of time, the patient reverses the built-up tolerance and effectively returns to a state of being “opioid naïve”. This means that should it become necessary to return to the use of opioids to manage chronic pain, the patient will require significantly lower dosages of the medication.
  1. IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy may offer—for some patients—an alternative method of pain relief. By offering an alternative treatment for pain medication, one which does not appear to have the same long term side effects or significant risk of addiction (when used properly through a qualified medical practitioner), ketamine may eliminate the need for opioid medications entirely. This alternative is especially important for patients who have a past history of addiction or for whom opioid medications are simply not appropriate.

It is important to note that ketamine itself is a powerful drug with a long history of abuse as a popular street drug. IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy is a precise medical treatment in which ketamine is administered very slowly and in very small doses, in a medically-appropriate controlled setting supervised by physicians and highly-qualified medical personnel. Using ketamine to fight opioid addiction without proper medical supervision can be dangerous. It is absolutely critical that anyone facing opioid addiction should seek professional and/or medical help to cope with the addiction, rather than attempting another form of self-medication.

 

Contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles

If you or someone you love is suffering from an addiction to an opioid, we encourage you to contact Dr. Steven L. Mandel at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles immediately to find out if IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy may offer a solution.

For more information about Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625.

 

[1] Pain. 2015 Apr;156(4):569-76.

[2] https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis#five

Depression-Free Holiday Season!

LETTER FROM DR. MANDEL
Happy Holidays! December is a joyous month, filled with treats, cheer, and magic. During this season, I encourage you to reflect on the last year, and take a moment to appreciate that which you are grateful for. Many beautiful things can happen in a years time: an extended vacation, the birth of a child, graduation, a new job, promotion, or even an unexpected gift from a friend. Consider the times when a stranger held the door open for you, the barista who remembered your favorite coffee drink, or the salesperson who extended you an extra discount. These little moments can add up.
I chose joy as the theme for this newsletter since I have felt much of it this year. Many of you know, I took a two-week sailing trip over the summer from the Azore Islands to Lisbon Portugal; it was a dream come true. My family is healthy and happy and we plan to spend quality time together this month which I’m looking forward to. As for my career, I have reached my favorite moments of the journey thus far. Aside from recently expanding our clinic and moving to a gorgeous new location, I have invested much of my time establishing and improving Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles. I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring an amazing team of talented medical professionals all of whom are committed to this work and passionate about what they do. They uphold the quality of patient care excellence that I expect.  We have advanced in many areas and it makes me proud to witness the expertise my team provides and makes look easy. They truly are the best, and I thank them for all their hard work throughout the year. If you have yet to visit our new space, please do, we look forward to seeing you!
Despite all this, depression  and sadness may creep in for some this season. December is especially hard for those who have endured struggles or loss in the recent year. My hope is that you take the time to reflect on the challenges you faced. Life is filled with ups and downs, and being disappointed at times is normal. Sometimes acknowledging the things that don’t go your way can help. Journal your worries, cry, and get mad if you have to. Make every effort to come to peace with them. A recent article (featured below) lists major depression as the second biggest health concern on the top ten list of health conditions facing Americans today. It impacts 9% of our population; that is a very large number of people and it continues to grow. We wish to be helpful in healing depression and other mood disorders, and encourage you to call and get the help you need for yourself and your loved ones. You are not alone in this struggle. You have options and Ketamine Infusion Therapy is one of them.
Wishing you much joy this holiday season. May you find peace and comfort as you wrap up another year. Happy holidays from my family to yours!
-Dr. Mandel
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The Hardcore Self Help Podcast
Listen to Dr. Mandel’s interview on Ketamine Infusion Therapy with Dr. Robert Duff. Dr. Duff runs a great podcast which features a variety of cutting edge topics and professionals. Listen here!
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Top 10 Health Conditions Affecting Americans
“There are more than 325 million people living in big cities, sprawling suburbs and rural areas throughout the United States. A sweeping set of data from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBS) is shedding light on the conditions impacting many of these communities and helping experts understand which health challenges are urgent and emerging.”  Read more.
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World’s Largest Ketamine Clinic
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Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles celebrates 7,000 successful IV Ketamine Infusions with the grand opening of the largest and most specialized Ketamine Infusion Treatment facility in the world. Now located at 6801 Park Terrace, Suite 525 in Los Angeles, California, this brand-new 3,600-square foot class-A facility has been purpose-built and designed to cater specifically and exclusively to patients seeking IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy, the leading treatment for depression, suicidality, and PTSD.

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NIH and NIMH: We’re deeply committed to reducing suicide
“NIMH researchers working at the NIH Clinical Center, NIH’s research hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, have demonstrated that ketamine, a novel antidepressant drug, can dramatically reduce suicidal thoughts in just a few hours. Although not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration for this purpose, this is the first time a drug has been definitively shown to target suicidality acutely.” Read more.
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Spotlight on Obed, MS, PA-C
 
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Obed, MS, PA-C, is a Certified Physician Assistant who received his Bachelor of Science from Western Kentucky University, and his Master’s from Bethel University in Paris, Tennessee.  Originally from New York, and a long-term resident of Kentucky, Obed relocated to Los Angeles in 2018, drawn to the diverse and progressive community it offers. Coming from a family of healthcare providers, Obed focused on utilizing his education to help battle the rising mental health crisis. While in school studying to become a Physician Assistant, he received a certificate of concentration in behavioral and mental health. His goal was to work in a field that was both cutting edge and highly effective in treating mood disorders; Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles has proven to be a perfect fit.
Obed has trained extensively under Dr. Mandel, learning how to care for our patient population exactly as he does. For months they partnered on patient care and Obed’s passion for this treatment quickly became apparent to our entire team and patients. He is a natural leader with a compassionate, confident bedside manner. He upholds the high standard of care that Dr. Mandel is so well known for and his meticulous work ethic is often referred to as “The Dr. Mandel Way.”
When not in the clinic, Obed enjoys spending his time exploring Los Angeles with his beautiful wife and two dogs, a Pomeranian and a Morkie. When asked how he is adjusting to the California lifestyle, Obed says, “LA has been so good to me, I feel obligated to give back to the community. Caring for patients at Ketamine Clinic of Los Angeles is the best way I know how.” Read more about our team!
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How to Reduce Christmas Stress!
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A lack of time and money, credit card debt, and the pressure of gift giving can often contribute to stress during the holiday season.” Read more.
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Can We Stop Suicides?
New York Times
“It’s been way too long since there was a new class of drugs to treat depression. Ketamine might be the solution.”
“More patients should be aware of this,” Louise told me. “It really is a godsend.”
“Earlier this year, I wrote about ketamine and depression for Wired, and patients I interviewed told me some version of the same thing – that ketamine changed their lives and, in some cases, saved it.” -Moises Velasquez-Manoff Read more.
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REMINDER: WE HAVE MOVED!
On October 29th, 2018, we officially moved. Please note KetamineClinics of Los Angeles new address:
6801 Park Terrace, Suite 525,
The Brentoowd office is permanently closed. 
Phone, Email & Website remain the same.
 
email: info@ketamineclinics.com   phone: 310-270-0625
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