Intrusive thoughts and obsessions that drive a person to perform mental and physical acts to relieve anxiety or stress can be classified as obsessive-compulsive behavior. People diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) often feel anxious without any due cause and may experience distressing thoughts that cause them to perform activities, such as keeping things symmetrical or exhibiting perfectionistic behavior, as a response to these thoughts. Ketamine therapy has proven to be a very effective treatment option for people suffering from anxiety and may help to stop obsessive and intrusive thoughts.
Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is one type of anxiety disorder where the individual has recurring thoughts, ideas, or obsessions that make them feel anxious enough to respond with a compulsive behavior. Once the individual has completed their compulsive ritual, such as cleaning something in a certain way, sorting something or lining up everything symmetrically, they feel better temporarily. However, the cycle continues to the point the individual feels like their thoughts and behaviors are out of their control. OCD can be distressing for some individuals while others learn to live with it. High levels of anxiety are the underlying theme of OCD so treatment typically involves reducing anxiety.
Treatment Options for OCD
Conventional treatment for OCD includes talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, medications, or a combination of therapies. Antidepressants help to elevate the mood while anxiolytics reduce anxiety and stress. Some of the most common treatment options for OCD include:
- Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Zoloft, Celexa, and Lexapro to ease anxiety and improve the mood
- Anxiolytics, such as Buspirone, to relieve anxiety and promote better sleep
- Antidepressants, such as Effexor or Anafranil to treat depression and compulsive behaviors
- Support groups
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Exposure therapy and desensitization therapy
Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
While medications and therapy can help to keep symptoms of OCD under control, many patients do not want to suffer from the side effects of antidepressants or become dependent on SSRIs for long periods of time. Ketamine infusion therapy is an attractive treatment alternative for those suffering from OCD, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Low-dose ketamine infusions can be especially effective for lifting anxiety and a low mood, thereby eliminating compulsive behaviors and obsessive thoughts. Exposure therapy after completing a course of ketamine treatments can help restore healthy brain function and help the individual create healthier rituals to cope with everyday life.
Get Treatment for OCD Today
If you or a loved one is suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder and are looking for alternatives to conventional therapies, talk to us about ketamine infusion therapy. Contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles today to learn more about the benefits of ketamine therapy for OCD, anxiety, and other mood disorders.