Ketamine is a general anesthetic that’s been shown to effectively treat mental health conditions. Jason Meisel, NP, at Meisel NP in Psychiatry in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn in New York City offers ketamine therapy as a treatment option for his patients struggling with symptoms from a mental health condition. Using a compounding pharmacy, he provides ketamine therapy as a lozenge, capsule, or spray. Find out more about ketamine therapy by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.
What is Ketamine Therapy?
Ketamine therapy is an innovative treatment option for mental health conditions. Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic commonly used as a general anesthetic for surgery.
The medication works by blocking certain receptors in the brain to stop pain sensations and your ability to form short-term memories.
More recently, researchers have investigated the effects of low-dose ketamine for mental health symptoms and chronic pain. Studies have found that ketamine therapy eases mental health symptoms faster than traditional treatments and appears to be safer and more effective.
By blocking certain receptors in the brain, ketamine forces your brain to form new neural connections, building new pathways that improve mood, sleep, and behavior.
More specifically, ketamine rebalances glutamate, a neurotransmitter that plays a significant role in the formation of these neural connections. Glutamate also works with another neurotransmitter, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
Together, glutamate and GABA support the health and function of your nervous system.
An imbalance in glutamate and GABA may play a role in the development of mental health conditions and symptoms like anxiety and insomnia. Ketamine may help restore the balance between these two neurotransmitters, easing mental health symptoms.
Am I a candidate for Ketamine Therapy?
Schedule a consultation at Meisel NP in Psychiatry to see if ketamine therapy can help you. Jason is an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner who offers ketamine therapy as a treatment option for a number of mental health conditions, including:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
At Meisel NP in Psychiatry, ketamine therapy is an option for all types of mental health conditions. Jason offers ketamine therapy whether or not your mental health condition is treatment-resistant.
He also provides ketamine therapy to ease migraine pain.
How does Ketamine Therapy work?
Jason’s ketamine therapy is provided in a compound form you take at home. He works with compounding pharmacies to create a ketamine therapy treatment just for you.
Your ketamine therapy may be given as a:
Troche (dissolvable tablet) or lozenge Nasal spray Capsule Jason works one-on-one with you to find the right dose to ease your symptoms and best method of administration. It’s important to continue with psychotherapy throughout your ketamine therapy to help in the formation of those new, positive neural pathways.
Ketamine therapy is an effective treatment for easing mental health symptoms. To find out more, call Meisel NP in Psychiatry or schedule an appointment online today.