What Are Trauma Responses?

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Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that can overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope. It can leave lasting imprints on one’s mind and body, often triggering automatic biological responses aimed at self-preservation. Most of us are familiar with the “fight or flight” response that occurs in periods of high stress. But trauma is […]

Ketamine for CRPS

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Can Ketamine Provide Relief for Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome? Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a multi-faceted and often misunderstood chronic pain condition that can significantly impact the lives of those affected. Ketamine for CRPS is a newer form of treatment that can offer rapid relief without the side effects and abuse potential of traditional […]

Journaling Prompts for Ketamine Therapy

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While ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) can be transformative on its own, the integration of therapeutic practices like journaling can enhance the healing process significantly. But knowing what to write while you are receiving ketamine therapy can be tricky for some, especially if you are new to journaling. In this post, we will discuss the values of […]

Do You Need the RSV Vaccine?

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Along with the flu and common cold, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is fairly common during the fall and winter months. In most cases, symptoms are mild and dissipate within a week or so. In other cases, however, symptoms can be severe and even worsen existing medical conditions. Let’s discuss who should get the RSV vaccine […]

Overcoming a Negative Ketamine Experience

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Ketamine assisted psychotherapy can rapidly relieve symptoms of treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. The majority of eligible patients will have a pleasant experience: some report feelings of gratitude and enlightenment, while others feel a physical weight has been lifted. As with any drug, however, there is the possibility of a negative […]

Who is Not a Good Candidate for Ketamine Therapy?

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Ketamine assisted psychotherapy is surging in popularity as a safe and effective way to treat resistant or refractory mental health disorders. That being said, it is not for everyone. In this article, we will review current recommendations for the use of this drug, as well as criteria you can use to determine who is not […]

What is Treatment Resistant Depression?

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Treatment resistant depression (TRD) is a subcategory of Major Depressive Disorder. There are various definitions but, broadly, it is a type of depression that does not respond to traditional therapies. It is quite common; in fact, a 2022 study found that up to 60 percent of psychiatric patients experience treatment resistance. Despite this number, alternative […]

Ketamine for Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder associated with extreme mood swings that can significantly impact quality of life. It also has a high rate of treatment resistance to current therapies. In this article, we will examine the potential for low dose ketamine as an alternative means of treating refractory bipolar disorder.  What is Bipolar […]

Is Ketamine a Psychedelic?

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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 […]

Can Ketamine Help Treat Addiction?

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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 […]