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OCD

Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado

Ketamine Therapy Clinic located in Colorado Springs, CO

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common and disruptive mental health disorder that affects up to 3 million Americans. The team of licensed anesthesiologists at Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado offers ketamine infusion therapy to veterans from in and around Colorado Springs, Colorado, who live with OCD. If you have OCD, call the clinic or schedule a consultation online to find out if ketamine infusion therapy is right for you.

OCD Q & A

What is OCD?

OCD is a mental health condition that causes distressing, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that trigger repetitive, ritualistic behaviors (compulsions). OCD is often extremely disruptive and can interfere with your ability to function in your day-to-day life. 

Obsessions are persistent fears or anxieties. Some common types of obsessions include:

  • Germs, illness, or contamination
  • Harm to yourself or others
  • Taboo or sexual thoughts
  • Religious preoccupation
  • Need for symmetry or for things to be “just so”

These thoughts are pervasive and persistent. However, you find temporary relief from these thoughts by completing compulsive behaviors. For example, if your obsessions are focused on germs or contamination, you might experience compulsions focused on cleaning your home or your body. Other common compulsive behaviors include:

  • Ordering or arranging
  • Counting, touching, or tapping
  • Repeating a word or phrase silently or aloud
  • Repeatedly checking that you’ve done something, like locking the door

Over time, your compulsive behaviors provide less relief, and you need to complete them more often to feel better. When left untreated, OCD can keep you from your other routine activities and tasks. 

How is OCD treated?

Traditionally, OCD is treated with a combination of antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication and counseling. However, conventional medicines don’t always relieve your OCD symptoms, or they can cause intolerable side effects. 

Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado offers ketamine infusion therapy as an alternative to conventional OCD medications. Ketamine affects your brain differently than traditional antidepressants. It stimulates different receptors and increases the production of glutamate, a neurotransmitter that supports healthy brain function.

Ketamine infusion therapy often provides rapid relief of symptoms and can be combined with counseling. Most patients have a series of treatments and eventually taper their infusions to monthly or quarterly treatments. 

What should I expect during a ketamine infusion?

Your ketamine infusion treatments should be relaxing. While you rest in a comfortable chair, a member of the team at Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado prepares your infusion and inserts your IV. Then you rest for approximately an hour while you receive your infusion. 

You might experience an “out-of-body” sensation or mild hallucinations. These side effects disappear soon after your treatment is over. A provider stays with you the whole time, monitoring your vitals to ensure your comfort and safety.

Call Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado today or make an appointment online if you have OCD that hasn’t responded to other treatments and is interfering with your life.

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