The New Legal Psychedelic Changing Mental Health Care

Ketamine-Assisted Therapy is a revolutionary option for people seeking lasting mental health healing.

You already know to prioritize your physical health with regular exercise, organic foods, and supplements to feel good and live a healthy life. But what about your mental health? Unfortunately, many people are not as diligent about caring for their mental health and as a result, your physical health suffers.  

What is affecting your mental health?

By taking on too much stress, neglecting to meditate, overcommitting in your professional and personal lives, falling victim to pressures of social media, societal expectations, constant media input, and politics and news – it’s all taking a toll on your mental health.  

Additionally, you’ve likely experienced trauma at some point in your life. This doesn’t necessarily mean physical harm. Many times, the harm is strictly mental. Some trauma is recognized while other trauma may be subtle, over time, and can go unrecognized for years or even decades. When left unaddressed, these traumas can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms, low self-esteem, and symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD.  

Why are current mental-health medications not a lasting solution?

Current pharmaceutical options for depression and anxiety tend to lose their efficacy over time and require either an increase in dosage or the addition of another adjunct medication which can come with adverse side effects.  

IV Ketamine-Assisted Therapy is helping people finally regain hope where medications have failed.

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What is IV Ketamine-Assisted Therapy?

Ketamine is a safe, legal and effective dissociative anesthetic that creates an altered state of consciousness to promote openness and vulnerability. By combining ketamine with therapy, it acts as a catalyst to expedite the healing process helping patients recall and work through repressed feelings and issues that may be underlying their symptoms of depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, OCD, and even chronic pain. 

After a Ketamine session, patients typically emerge with a newfound sense of wholeness, calm, and empowerment to live life to its fullest. Old habits, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and limiting thought patterns are left behind. 

How does IV Ketamine-Assisted Therapy work?

During a session, a licensed therapist will administer a low dose of ketamine while guiding you through a therapy session to help you explore limiting thought patterns and conditions as well as help you explore and integrate your experiences after treatment.  

Many find Ketamine infusions relaxing and peaceful with visuals of colors, geometric patterns, and synesthesia between music and your senses. It is also not uncommon for patients to describe having an out-of- body experience during their session.  

Who can benefit from IV Ketamine-Assisted Therapy?

Anyone can benefit from IV Ketamine-Assisted Therapy, it’s more a matter of degree. Ketamine therapy is not just reserved for those with severe, treatment-resistant mood disorders. It’s ideal for anyone wanting to optimize their mental and physical health 

As a society, the mind–body connection is a fairly new concept. We fail to understand the true extent of the role mental health plays in our physical health. Most of us are unaware of underlying mindsets that negatively impact our daily lives, decision-making, and health. Ketamine therapy allows these subconscious mindsets to surface, and until we’re under the effects of ketamine, we have no idea what’s lurking beneath.  

Ketamine also allows a temporary softening of the ego. The ordinary sense of self is replaced by a sense of “one-ness” with reality and insights into habits and coping mechanisms that are no longer productive emerge. As one approaches dissociation, a kind of third-party objectivity sets in where quality solutions to long-standing questions come easily once the individual is personally removed from the scenario. 

Under the effects of ketamine, perspective shifts as dissociation approaches. For example, an army veteran with decades of recurring nightmares of wartime death and destruction, under the effects of ketamine, begins to see that the wartime setting is a stage, and the soldiers become actors. The director’s chair is visible off in the corner and the weapons now appear as props. The perspective has shifted and the danger no longer exists.  This wartime memory, once devastating and crippling, has lost its power and the memory has been disarmed. 

This is not to say that Ketamine is a “magical pill.” The same effects can be achieved through meditation or other altered states of consciousness, however, Ketamine offers freedom from limiting emotions, trauma, and issues for a fast track to healing.  

Where can I find Ketamine Assisted Therapy in Austin?

Forum Health Austin, Austin’s leading integrative medicine practice, offers this revolutionary treatment in a safe, comfortable environment led by Ketamine Infusion Therapy Expert, Julie Hamilton, NP 

To learn more about Ketamine Assisted Therapy and to find out if it’s right for you, schedule a 15 minute health advisor call with a Forum Health Austin health advisor.