Anxiety is the most common mental health problem diagnosed in Americans, affecting about 32% of adolescents and 19% of adults. If your anxiety treatment doesn’t effectively relieve your symptoms, you still have hope with ketamine infusions administered by Angela Jones, MD, and the team of experienced physicians at Delaware Valley Wellness Center. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for ketamine therapy, complete the online questionnaire or call the office in Voorhees, NJ, Philadelphia, PA and Delaware.
Anxiety energizes your body and helps you face people and situations you dread. Normally, your anxiety goes away after you deal with the circumstances that triggered your fear.
When anxiety becomes chronic, ongoing stress can damage your emotional and physical health. If you’re constantly anxious or you limit your daily activities due to anxiety, it’s time to seek professional help.
Anxiety is well known for causing a feeling of dread or fear, but that’s not its only symptom. You may feel tense, irritable, or jumpy as you’re constantly on the lookout for the things that make you anxious. Many patients have a hard time sleeping. It’s also common to develop symptoms like nausea, sweating, and a pounding heart.
There are about 10 types of anxiety disorders, each with its own unique symptoms. For example, panic disorder causes chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. In many patients, two anxiety disorders occur together so you may have mixed symptoms. It’s also common for patients with anxiety to develop depression.
Mental health professionals treat anxiety disorders with psychotherapy and medications. The first line of treatment is typically a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.
Many patients respond well to their anxiety medication; others fail to get the symptom relief they need. When symptoms persist despite treatment, you have another effective option at Delaware Valley Wellness Center: ketamine infusions.
Ketamine is an anesthetic and pain reliever with a long history of use in surgical procedures. While large doses of ketamine are administered during surgery, it can also be used in a small dose to produce an entirely different effect.
At a low dose, ketamine often effectively relieves the symptoms of anxiety and depression by balancing brain chemicals. In lab studies, ketamine also improved communication between nerves, which supports your ongoing mental health.
An intravenous (IV) infusion of ketamine is often effective even when other anxiety medications haven’t helped. Additionally, this medication is fast acting, potentially producing results and a noticeable decrease in anxiety within hours of your ketamine infusion.
If your current treatment doesn’t relieve your anxiety symptoms, call Delaware Valley Wellness Center or complete the online questionnaire.