Ketamine therapy is a powerful option for people suffering from treatment-resistant depression and other mental health issues. If you’re thinking about booking your first ketamine visit, learning how to make the most of it will help your treatment make a bigger impact. Read on to learn all about the different ways ketamine can be administered, how your surroundings will boost your treatment, and more.

Explore Your Options

For people who have tried the traditional avenues of medication and therapy for their depression treatment and still struggle with their mental health, ketamine therapy has emerged as a promising treatment.

Your first ketamine visit will likely be one of many—most clinics advise that patients commit to a series of treatment appointments. You’ll receive a thorough evaluation before treatment to make sure your ketamine therapy is as effective as possible. Today, practitioners have many options of how to administer ketamine during a treatment session, including intravenously, intramuscularly, or intranasally. These options depend on your preference—some people might prefer a non-invasive method compared to an intravenous—and how well your practitioner believes you’ll respond. While some patients do see results after a first visit, your experience may differ and having more options will allow your practitioner to tailor your treatment to your needs.

Quiet Your Mind

When you schedule a ketamine visit, you can take a few extra steps to support your mental health during and after the experience. While the drug is administered and for a period after, you will be taking in its effects. For some people this can be a feeling of disassociation, for others it means seeing vivid colors or experiencing a blank mind. Your thoughts may become random or disconnected. Some people don’t feel anything.

Whatever your experience during your session, coming into it with a positive, calm mindset will make it all the more effective as a depression treatment. During your session, you might choose to sit quietly with your thoughts, exploring the new sensations your brain is experiencing. Some people choose to harness the power of music to enhance their ketamine visit, selecting peaceful, lyric-free melodies that deepen a meditative state.

Taking the First Step

However, you see ketamine therapy fitting into your life, scheduling a thorough evaluation is the first step to seeing what it can do for you and your mental health. Book a consultation to hear more about the options available to you and how else you might make the most of your ketamine treatment.

About the Author

Kimberly Sandberg Aloha Integrative Health
Kim Sandberg is the owner and founder of Aloha Integrative Health and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She has two advanced degrees: a Masters of Science in Nursing as a Nurse Anesthetist and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She has worked in a variety of settings, though the biggest impact on Kim and her work came from her 28 years of service in the Navy Reserve.

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