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Ketamine for OCD Treatment

Searching for a new treatment for OCD in Lubbock, TX? Treating OCD with traditional treatments, such as seeing psychologists and taking medications, has proven to be very difficult. More recently, ketamine has become a very successful treatment option for those who suffer from OCD.

How Does Ketamine Help With OCD?

While there is no exact explanation as to how ketamine helps with OCD, given its success with treating depression and anxiety, it’s believed that ketamine helps with OCD in the same way. Ketamine helps restore damaged pathways in the brain, allowing happy and more positive thoughts to be more consistent.


What Is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or as most call it, OCD, is a mental health disorder affecting millions across the globe of all ages. Those are suffering from OCD tend to get wrapped up in a cycle of obsession and compulsions.

What Is An Obsession?

Obsessions consist of unwanted intrusive thoughts, images, or sudden urges that set of a chain reaction of very intense distressing feelings.

What Is A Compulsion?

Compulsions are behaviors an OCD patient engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions.

While many people have obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviors at some point in their lives, but that does not mean that we all have OCD. In order to be diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, this cycle of obsessions and compulsions must become so extreme that it consumes a lot of time and gets in the way of important activities that the person values.

What are the symptom subtypes of OCD

Contamination Obsession with Washing and Cleaning Compulsion: Characterized by intrusive thoughts about contamination and compulsions of excessive cleaning or washing.

Harm Obsessions with Checking Compulsions: Characterized by obsessive thoughts about possible harm to yourself or others, and compulsions involving checking rituals to relieve your distress.

Symmetry Obsessions with Ordering/Arranging/Counting Compulsions: Characterized by obsessive thoughts about symmetry and compulsions to make everything orderly until they are “just right.”

Obsessions without Visible Compulsions: Characterized by intrusive thoughts about religious, sexual, or aggressive themes. Triggers related to these themes are typically avoided as much as possible.

Hoarding: Characterized by obsessive fears of losing items or possessions that you may need one day.

How Does Ketamine Help With OCD?

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Research into ketamine infusions for treating OCD is still ongoing, but it is generally believed that ketamine helps to foster connections between synapses and helps to restore damaged connections between nerves (essentially “rewiring” the brain). Because of this, ketamine infusions are helpful for not only depression or other mental health disorders, but also chronic pain disorders like Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or fibromyalgia.

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