Depression and other mood disorders are today more common than most people would like to believe. One of the key challenges is that conventional medications and treatments have limited effect, and take a long time to show results. Many patients continue to struggle with these conditions even after undergoing conventional treatments such as anti-depressant medications and psychotherapy.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one form of such mental disorders, which can affect a patient’s quality of life. Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, led by Dr. Steven Mandel, is equipped to provide ketamine infusion treatments in a state of the art facility. Patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and surrounding communities throughout this region have an opportunity to receive ketamine IV therapy for OCD and other conditions.
What is OCD?
Patients with OCD may suffer from symptoms of obsession or compulsion or both. These symptoms can create difficulties in all aspects of life, including work, family life, and personal relationships. Obsessions are repeated urges, thoughts or mental images that can lead to anxiety. Compulsions refer to a repetitive behavior, which a patient of OCD feels the urge to do in response to an obsessive thought.
Common characteristics of patients with OCD include:
- Poor control over thoughts or behaviors, even when these are identified as excessive
- Spending at least one hour a day over these thoughts and behaviors
- Failure to get enjoyment when performing the behaviors, but may feel temporary relief from the anxiety caused by the thoughts
- Experiencing interference in activities of daily life due to these behaviors or thoughts
OCD symptoms may come and go intermittently, or worsen over time. Some patients may try to use alcohol and drugs to relieve themselves from these symptoms. Most adult patients recognize their OCD symptoms, but require professional medical attention to treat this condition.
Ketamine IV Therapy
Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles offers low-dose ketamine infusion treatments for depression and other disorders such as OCD. The treatment is recommended typically for patients who have failed to achieve success with other forms of treatment. Ketamine IV therapy can provide relief even for patients who have been labeled as treatment resistant.
Dr. Mandel also treats patients with ketamine therapy as an early line of defense. The treatment works safely, quickly and effectively, and has no long-term side effects. Dr. Mandel receives patients from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and nearby areas for ketamine IV therapy for OCD.
Different from Anti-depressants
It can take several weeks or even months for the anti-depressants to reach therapeutic levels in the body and produce an effect. Even after that, many patients receive no relief from their condition. Ketamine infusion therapy, on the other hand, works quickly and effectively. Sometimes it may only take a few hours to create the desired effect and provide relief from the symptoms.
A majority of patients will experience significant relief in one or two days of their second infusion. Ketamine treatment avoids the unpleasant side effects of conventional anti-depressant medications, which may include loss of libido, weight gain, insomnia or sleepiness, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth, blurred vision, and suicidal ideation.
For more information about treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling 310-270-0625