Ketamine For OCD

Ketamine for OCD

If you’re looking to a solution to your OCD, Ketamine for OCD at Tri-Cities Wellness might be just what you’re looking for. 


OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) is a mental health disorder defined by the presence of excessive thoughts (obsessions) which lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Many people experience obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors at some points throughout their life, but that doesn’t mean we all have OCD. Those living with OCD experience thoughts and behaviors that are so extreme it consumes them, impacts important activities, and negatively effects their quality of life.


Roughly one-third of patients with OCD do not experience significant clinical benefit from first-line interventions such as pharmacotherapy with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or cognitive behavioral therapy.

 Furthermore, OCD patients typically experience the full treatment benefits of first-line interventions only after a time lag of two to three months. This delay in symptom relief is a cause of substantial morbidity and decreased quality of life in OCD patients. Evidence from neuroimaging, genetic and pharmacological studies support the importance of glutamate abnormalities in the pathogenesis of OCD. Ketamine is a NMDA receptor antagonist that increases levels of glutamate within the system, leading to rapid improvement of OCD symptoms.

What are Obsessions & Compulsions?

Obsessions are persistent, intrusive, and unwanted thoughts, feelings, or images that cause distress or anxiety. They can include things like fear of dirt, fear of causing harm to another, fear of thinking evil thoughts, and the need (obsession) for order, symmetry, or exactness. Those with OCD may try to ignore or suppress such thoughts by performing a compulsive behavior (compulsion) but find it difficult to do so. Obsessions typically intrude when you’re going about your daily life, often getting in the way of your personal goals.


Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that you feel as if you have to perform. Usually, these compulsions are in an effort to reduce anxiety from obsessive or intrusive thoughts. However, these compulsions often only provide temporary relief from anxiety. Someone with OCD may make up rules or rituals they follow to help control this anxiety when having obsessive thoughts. These compulsions are usually excessive and not realistically related to the problem they’re intended to fix.

5 Symptom Subtypes of OCD

Although OCD symptoms generally fall into one of these five subtypes, it is possible to experience a change in the nature and focus of your symptoms over time.

Those suffering from this symptom subtype will usually focus on feelings of discomfort associated with germs/contamination, and will wash and clean excessively.

Those experiencing this symptom subtype will often have intense thoughts regarding possible harm, either to themselves or others, and will use checking rituals to relieve their distress.

Those experiencing this symptom subtype will often have unwanted obsessions regarding sexual, religious, or aggressive themes. Triggers related to these obsessions are usually avoided at all costs.

Those suffering from this symptom subtype may feel a strong need to rearrange objects constantly. It can also involve thinking or saying sentences or words over and over again until one feels it has been accomplished perfectly.

This symptom subtype involves the collection of items of little or no value until one’s living space is consumed with so much clutter it becomes difficult to live in. This is often accompanied by obsessive fears of losing items that one feels may be needed one day.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ketamine For OCD

The symptoms of obsessions are:

  • Fear of contamination when touching objects others have touched
  • Intense stress when objects aren’t orderly
  • Images or intrusive thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else
  • Thoughts of shouting obscenities or acting inappropriately
  • Avoidance of situations that can trigger obsessions
  • Distress about unpleasant sexual images repeating in your mind

The symptoms of compulsions are:

  • Hand-washing until skin becomes raw
  • Checking doors repeatedly to make sure they’re locked
  • Checking the stove repeatedly to make sure it’s off
  • Counting in certain patterns
  • Silently repeating a prayer, word, or phrase
  • Arrange your canned goods to face the same way

Some factors that may increase the risk of triggering OCD may include:

  • Family history. Family members with the disorder can increase your risk of developing OCD.
  • Stressful life events. This reaction may sometimes trigger the intrusive thoughts, rituals, and emotional distress associated with OCD.
  • Other mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or substance abuse disorders.

The exact cause of OCD still isn’t fully understood by science. Some theories include:

  • Biology: OCD may simply be a result of changes in your body or brain’s chemistry.
  • Genetics: While OCD may have a genetic component, specific genes have yet to be identified.
  • Environment: Some factors, such as infections, have been suggested as a trigger for OCD, but more research is still needed.

There is no surefire way to prevent OCD. Getting treatment as soon as possible can help prevent OCD from worsening and negatively affecting your life. Some people with previously treatment-resistant OCD have experienced great success with the advent of Ketamine Infusions, an innovative new treatment option.

Exactly how Ketamine treats OCD and other mental health disorders are still being researched. The current understanding is that Ketamine binds to receptors in the brain that increases the amount of a neurotransmitter, glutamate, is released. This will then set off a chain of reactions within the brain that affects thinking and emotional regulation.To put this in simpler terms, the brain reacts to Ketamine in a way that triggers hormones that help create more positive emotions. This can occur within minutes after a person receives their infusion, but some people may need several treatments before they experience the highest level of benefits.

Searching for treatment options for OCD in the Tri-Cities? Tri-Cities Infusion & Wellness Clinic is leading the way in the treatment of OCD for Washington residents. Our staff is fully committed to helping each of our patients find relief and live their best life. We offer Ketamine infusion therapy which has shown incredible results when other treatments have failed. We would like to invite you to learn more about the benefits of Ketamine infusion therapy and discover if you would be a good candidate for the treatment. 

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