Is Ketamine a Psychedelic?

Psychedelic drugs are being investigated for their therapeutic properties, particularly in the realm of mental health disorders. A version of psilocybin, for example, has been approved for human testing that is currently underway. However, as of this post, no psychedelic drugs have yet been approved by the FDA for the treatment of any disorders.This means…

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Can Ketamine Help Treat Addiction?

In addition to growing support for its use in pain, depression, and anxiety, ketamine is now being studied as a potential aid in treating addiction. The drug, which has been FDA approved for treating refractory depression and acute suicidal ideation, has shown promising results in early clinical trials for substance abuse disorders.  Traditional Treatment for…

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Ketamine for Anxiety

The use of ketamine for a variety of mood disorders is becoming more widespread, thanks to its demonstrated efficacy in cases where more traditional methods have failed. In particular, there is a growing evidence base to support the use of ketamine in treatment-resistant anxiety disorders, including Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive…

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What is Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy?

Ketamine is a drug approved by the FDA for treatment-resistent depression and acute suicidal ideation. It is also widely used to treat anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, addiction, and many other mental health disorders. It can be administered intravenously, orally, intramuscularly, or nasally*. Ketamine used in conjunction with psychological counseling is known as Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy…

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Understanding and Treating Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder The term “narcissist” is often used interchangeably with words like “self-centered,” “egotistical,” or “vain.” Recent articles in the media have created further confusion surrounding the topic by making unsupported claims that narcissism is on the rise, particularly among young people. But narcissism, or Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) as it is…

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Zoom Dysmorphia: A Potential Offshoot of Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

A History of Body Dysmorphic Disorder Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a mental health disorder in which an individual fixates on a perceived physical flaw, most often unnoticed or undetectable by anyone else. The original term, dysmorphophobia, was coined in 1891 by Italian physician Enrique Morselli who first described the illness. Despite being well-researched in…

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Psilocybin: From Counterculture Menace to Potential Treatment for Depression

Psilocybin has gained recent media attention for its potential as a therapeutic in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. Just this month, a Canadian pharmaceuticals company, Cybin, received approval to conduct Phase II of its psilocybin formulation, named CYB001. What is Psilocybin? Psilocybin is a compound found in some 200 species of fungi. Upon ingestion,…

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