Ketamine, a New Anxiety Treatment in Kennewick
More Information About Anxiety Treatment In Kennewick
Fortunately, the field of mental health treatment is greatly advancing, and innovative new treatments are making it easier and easier to find a treatment that works for you. With the advent of Ketamine Infusion Therapy, people suffering from anxiety disorders are finding relief from their symptoms within hours of treatment, rather than the weeks that more traditional medications may take. Contact us today to learn more about this innovative new treatment option.
What are the Different Types of Anxiety Disorder?
Characterized by chronic anxiety and exaggerated worry and tension, even if there is little or nothing to provoke it.
Characterized by unexpected, repeated episodes of intense fear. Usually accompanied by physical symptoms, including heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress.
Characterized by overwhelming anxiety and self-consciousness in social settings. It can be limited to only one type of situation, such as a fear of public speaking, but can also be so profound that a person experiences symptoms anytime they are around other people.
Characterized by feeling fear in and avoiding places or situations that may cause you to panic, or feel helpless.
Characterized by a failure of children to speak in some social situations, even when they can speak in others (such as at home with close family).
Characterized by symptoms of intense anxiety or panic that are a direct result of misusing drugs or taking medications.
Symptoms of Major Anxiety
Common anxiety signs and symptoms often include:
- Feeling nervous, restless, or tense
- A sense of impending danger or doom
- An increased heart rate
- Rapid breathing/hyperventilation
- Feeling weak or tired
- Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
- Trouble sleeping
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Difficulty controlling worry
- The urge to avoid things that may trigger anxiety
Frequently Asked Questions About Anxiety
What leads someone to develop an anxiety disorder is still not fully understood. Traumatic events or life experiences may trigger these disorders in people already prone to anxiety, but inherited traits can also be a factor.
For some people, their anxiety disorder may be linked to underlying health issues, but in other cases, anxiety symptoms can be the first indicators of a medical illness.
Examples of medical problems that can be linked to anxiety may include:
- Heart disease
- Thyroid problems (for example, hyperthyroidism)
- Respiratory disorders, such as COPD or Asthma
- Drug abuse or withdrawal
- Withdrawal from alcohol, benzodiazepines, or other medications
- Chronic pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
It is possible that your anxiety may be caused by an underlying medical condition if:
- You do not have any blood relatives with an anxiety disorder
- You did not have an anxiety disorder as a child
- You do not avoid certain things or situations because of anxiety
- You have a sudden occurrence of anxiety that seems unrelated to life events
The following factors may increase your risk of developing an anxiety disorder:
- Trauma – Children or adults who experience traumatic events can go on to develop anxiety disorders
- Stress Due to Illness – A serious health condition can cause significant worry.
- Personality – Some specific personality types are more prone to anxiety disorders.
- Other Mental Health Disorders – Other disorders, such as depression, often go hand-in-hand with anxiety disorders.
- Having Blood Relatives with an Anxiety Disorder – They often run in families.
- Drug or Alcohol Abuse.
While there is still no way to prevent someone from developing an anxiety disorder, some steps can be taken to reduce the impact of symptoms.
- Get Help Early – Anxiety disorders are like many other mental health conditions, in that it is harder to treat the longer you wait.
- Stay Active – Enjoy activities and friendships that you enjoy or make you feel good about yourself.
- Avoid Alcohol or Drug Use
Exactly how Ketamine treats anxiety disorders is 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.