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Ketamine Therapy For Anxiety & Depression

Ketamine Therapy For Anxiety & Depression

Living with anxiety and/or depression can be a debilitating and overwhelming experience, impacting every aspect of your life. Unfortunately for some people, traditional treatments such as therapy and medication don’t provide adequate symptom relief, leaving them feeling stuck and without hope.

Fortunately, there is an alternative for those who haven’t found success with traditional treatments—ketamine infusion therapy. Below is what you need to know about this breakthrough treatment for anxiety and depression:

Understanding Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine therapy involves the controlled administration of low-dose ketamine, a medication primarily used as an anesthetic. In small doses, ketamine has shown remarkable potential for treating anxiety and depression.

Through its interaction with certain receptors in the brain known as NMDA receptors, ketamine helps “rewire” the brain to better regulate mood, emotions, and cognitive processes. The result is a rapid improvement in symptoms and an overall enhanced quality of life.

Why Ketamine Therapy?

You may be wondering, what makes ketamine special? While this novel treatment has many advantages over traditional antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication, its main selling point is the high rate of effectiveness.

Ketamine infusion therapy has demonstrated the ability to provide significant symptom relief in cases where individuals have not responded well to other interventions. This brings renewed hope for those struggling to find an effective treatment option for chronic anxiety and depression.

The Benefits Of Ketamine Therapy

Rapid relief: Ketamine therapy offers a much-needed reprieve from the debilitating symptoms of anxiety and depression. Unlike traditional medications that can take weeks to kick in, ketamine works quickly, providing swift relief for individuals in distress.

Enhanced mood and well-being: Beyond symptom reduction, ketamine therapy has been shown to improve mood, motivation, and overall well-being. It can restore a sense of normalcy and joy to individuals’ lives, allowing them to engage more fully in their daily activities.

Long-lasting effects: While the duration of relief varies for each individual, most people report sustained symptom remission for up to 1 week following a single infusion. After a complete course of treatment, this remission period can be extended for several weeks or months. This prolonged therapeutic effect has been associated with ketamine’s ability to induce a “healing effect” in the brain.

High efficacy: Ketamine therapy boasts an impressive success rate. For instance, clinical trials have shown that up to 70 percent of patients with treatment-resistant depression will experience significant symptom relief after just a single ketamine infusion.

Is Ketamine Therapy Safe?

Ketamine is considered safe and well-tolerated when administered correctly by a qualified medical professional in a clinical setting. However, some people may experience some side effects, such as dizziness, nausea, headaches, and confusion, during or following an infusion. These side effects are usually mild and short-lived.

Final Thoughts

For those diagnosed with treatment-resistant anxiety and/or depression, ketamine therapy offers a new ray of hope. Its rapid and transformative effects have the potential to break the cycle of suffering and pave the way to healing and recovery.

At Advanced Wellness & Pain, we offer personalized ketamine treatments designed to help individuals combat anxiety and depression when other treatment options have fallen short. Our experienced and compassionate team will conduct a comprehensive assessment and develop a customized ketamine treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and treatment goals.

We’re passionate about helping you regain control of your life so you can go back to enjoying life once again. Take the first step towards a brighter future by scheduling a free consultation today.

Or, if you are interested in learning more about ketamine for anxiety treatment in Scottsdale, AZ, contact Advanced Wellness and Pain and request your consultation today.

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James T. Leathem, DO

Dr. James Leathem is a board-certified anesthesiologist and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated from Florida Southern College with a bachelor of science in marketing management with minors in sociology and communications. He obtained his medical degree from Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Michigan State University and its affiliated McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital.

In 2015, after residency, Dr. Leathem returned to Arizona to practice anesthesiology. He joined Red Mountain Anesthesiologists and worked primarily at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, performing 100% of his own cases. He was made partner in the group after demonstrating 3 years of anesthesia excellence and administering over 4,000 anesthetics. In 2019, a corporate change occurred and an opportunity presented itself in which he was able to transition out of the hospital to surgery center and clinic-based anesthesia.

Dr. Leathem realizes that the only constant in life is change. In 2020, amidst the global pandemic, his career took a different direction. This change led him to collaborate with Dr. Wong and Dr. Sharma and they founded Advanced Wellness and Pain (AWAP). Their mission is to provide a variety of state-of-the-art procedural services that improve patients’ quality of life and overall physical and mental well-being.

Dr. Leathem believes that we are all a work in progress and that each day, one should strive to make positive changes in their life. He is here to help empower each patient on their journey to be their best self and live their best life. When you are being cared for by Dr. Leathem, you can be assured that he will give you his undivided attention and time.

Gregory Wong, MD

Dr. Wong is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist and a member of both the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Arizona Society of Anesthesiology. He did his undergraduate training at the University of California at Davis, Davis, California; doctorate training at The University of Health Sciences of the Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL; and his post-doctoral training at the Integrated Program at the University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ. He has spent his whole 24-year career practicing in Arizona.

Dr. Wong grew up in the Bay Area of California. He is married and is raising three daughters. At the early age of 12 years old, he knew he wanted to become a physician. His love of the human spirit, intrigue of human physiology, and compassion for human suffering led him to the path of anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Today, Dr. Wong realizes patients need a holistic biophysical-mental-spiritual care. This philosophy has brought him to the studies of regenerative medicine and infusion therapies. He has firsthandily witnessed the overwhelming success of these therapies for treating chronic pain and depression and the return of patients of “life-functionality.”

“There has never been a time more important than now to advocate for our patients in these difficult times. We owe it to our patients to offer these state-of-the-art treatment modalities that weren’t available before.”

Deepak Sharma, MD, MBA

Dr. Sharma is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He completed three degrees at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA: a Bachelor in Finance, a Master in Business Administration, and a Doctor of Medicine. He went on to complete residency at the Mount Sinai Morningside-West Hospital System in New York, NY and post-graduate fellowship at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Sharma is committed to treating his patients as a whole with a comprehensive biophysical-mental-spiritual approach. He is a lifelong learner and is constantly researching cutting-edge therapies backed by scientific studies. He has taken a particular interest in regenerative and infusion therapies after witnessing firsthand their significant benefits on those suffering from chronic pain and depression. In his free time, Dr. Sharma enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, traveling, reading, and meditation.

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