Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Specialist

MindPeace Clinics - Richmond, Arlington, & Norfolk, VA

MindPeace Clinics

Ketamine Infusion Clinic & Pain Management Specialists located in Richmond, Arlington, & Norfolk, VA

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a long-lasting disorder where individuals struggle with uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts and/or behaviors that they feel the urge to do repeatedly.  One in 40 adults in America struggle with OCD.  This condition impacts every aspect of an individual’s life, in some cases making daily tasks difficult to complete. MindPeace Clinics specialize in alleviating the symptoms of OCD with ketamine infusion therapy. To learn if you’re a good candidate for ketamine infusion therapy, call MindPeace Clinics to speak with one of our staff.

How does ketamine treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Low doses of ketamine do an exceptional job helping patients experience relief from their symptoms of OCD. 

Ketamine directly targets the brain neurotransmitters called glutamate and GABA and quickly balances their levels in your brain. This differs from typical treatments, because the treatments don’t directly affect the GABA and Glutamate directly. They first target other neurotransmitters, a process that takes weeks before depression starts to improve.

Article: “Ketamine induces immediate and delayed alterations of OCD-like behavior” Springer Link 

 

How do I obtain ketamine treatment for OCD?

Before receiving ketamine, you need to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Oliver. During your first appointment, he performs a thorough psychiatric review and physical examination. He also explains the ketamine infusion process and reviews your lab work.
If Dr. Oliver determines you’re a good candidate for ketamine, he schedules a series of six infusions. You receive one infusion every other day for two to three weeks.

What should I expect during ketamine therapy?

We administer ketamine using intravenous (IV) infusions. During your infusion, our medical team monitors your heart rate and blood pressure, while you relax in a comfortable, reclining chair.
The infusion takes 40 minutes, but your total session lasts about 90 minutes. Many patients notice an improvement in their symptoms after one treatment. However, a series of six infusions over a few weeks produces longer-lasting results.
To learn if ketamine is a good treatment option for your anxiety, call MindPeace Clinics, or book an appointment online.