Mood disorders primarily influence your emotional state, but they can have far-reaching effects on your productivity, relationships, and decision-making. Avesta Ketamine and Wellness treats mood disorders using ketamine, a nontraditional approach that can deliver fast and effective results. At our ketamine infusion clinics, located in McLean, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland, and Washington DC, our providers work alongside your mental health provider as you undergo treatment. To book a consultation, call either office or schedule an appointment online today.
How does ketamine treat mood disorders?
Ketamine is a great alternative to other medications for mood disorders and certain pain disorders because it is non-addictive. It works by affecting the chemical communicators in your brain called neurotransmitters. Specifically, it increases glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
When these two neurotransmitters are out of balance, you experience increased symptoms associated with your mood disorder like anxiousness and unrealistic thoughts. Among its other roles, glutamate increases neural connections and influences how you feel about and respond to your experiences.
What should I expect during treatment for a mood disorder?
When getting ketamine infusions at Avesta Ketamine and Wellness, you start with a series of six to eight infusions over the course of 2-4 weeks. After that, you continue with your initial treatment plan (including psychological counseling and prescription medications if you have them). You can come back for intermittent booster infusions according to your providers’ advice.
For more information about mood disorders and how they respond to ketamine infusions, call Avesta Ketamine and Wellness, or book a consultation online at either location today.