In psychiatric medicine there are many antidepressant drugs targeting the neurotransmitter model of depression. 30% to 50% of people do not respond to these drugs, which begs the question, "Why is the neurotransmitter model of treatment the most widely accepted?"
This way of thinking has carried over into the treatment models using ketamine, which targets the glutamate system, not the serotonin system. While ketamine is tremendously more effective in that model, it still doesn't represent the weight of ketamine's true relevance. Instead, ketamine can be psychologically transformative. Transformation can be directly linked to the experience, not an overly simplistic and incomplete model of chemical imbalance.
Knowing this is beneficial for patients so that they may lean more heavily on the experience of the treatment, and not simply an antiquated model of pill-popping. This would mean that in a perfect world you would not need further treatment after the initial treatment. Results vary widely, and we see lasting effects from 1-6 months before needing a booster. Our patient's results are more directly related to the quality of the experience, not on a theoretical model of imbalance.
Knowing this, it is in your best interest to properly prepare for your series of infusions. Take the following into consideration in the days leading up to your treatment.
Adam and Shanna Angel.
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