Ketamine therapy is a relatively new, yet clinically researched, intervention approved for some cases of “treatment-resistant” psychiatric conditions, including depression and anxiety. At Responsive Centers, we encourage anyone interested to make an informed decision when considering ketamine therapy. We offer consultation, counseling, and psychiatric support for individuals alongside intranasal or sublingual ketamine therapy.

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic medication found to have powerful antidepressant effects. It is approved for use as an off-label adjunct therapy to treat depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions. Following the administration of a single therapeutic dose, a rapid, potent reduction in depressive symptoms can arise for many individuals if they are the right candidate for treatment. Ketamine has shown promise for a variety of psychiatric disorders, particularly those that are labeled ‘treatment-resistant.’

How does ketamine work?

Ketamine works by blocking a glutamate receptor to produce a dissociative state, promote neuroplasticity, and create new neural connections in response to changes in the environment or experiences. Ketamine is administered in several different forms including intravenous (IV) infusion, intramuscular (IM) injection, sublingually, or through an intranasal spray. At Responsive Centers, you can consult with a psychiatric provider to determine if you are a good candidate for sublingual or intranasal ketamine therapy. If you are, they will walk you through the entire process so you can make an informed decision about ketamine.

How long before I will see change?

Many individuals report noticing improvements in their mental health symptoms within hours or days after their first treatment. The antidepressant effects of ketamine can last from several days to several weeks. Some individuals may need subsequent doses to maintain the effect.

To learn more, please contact our intake team to request a consultation and determine if ketamine therapy is for you.