OCD Specialist

If you continue to suffer from symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) despite conventional treatments like psychotherapy and medications, our team at the Ketamine Clinic of Spokane can help.

As the only ketamine provider in Eastern Washington, ewoffer an innovative, fast-acting therapy for treatment-resistant OCD. Review our OCD Q&A below then call, text or email the clinic to learn how ketamine infusion therapy can relieve your OCD symptoms.


OCD Q & A

Hope is here. Discover ketamine infusion therapy for treatment-resistant mood disorders.

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common and often long-lasting condition that involves a pattern of intrusive, irrational thoughts or fears (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that you feel the need to repeat. You may experience symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both.  


Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety and distress. Common obsessions include an intense fear of germs and thoughts of harming yourself or others. You may feel the need to perform certain compulsive behaviors to alleviate the anxiety, such as washing your hands until the skin is raw.


When you have OCD, these symptoms consume hours of your time and prevent you from leading a normal life. Without treatment, OCD can interfere with work, school, and social relationships. 

How does ketamine infusion therapy help OCD?

Doctors have been using ketamine as a safe and effective anesthetic medication since the ’60s. Now, ketamine provides rapid relief to people with treatment-resistant psychiatric and neurological disorders, including OCD, depression, and suicidality


Ketamine infusion therapy delivers a low dose of this medication intravenously while you relax in a comfortable and peaceful setting. Your compassionate provider at the Ketamine Clinic of Spokane stays with you during and after treatment to ensure your safety. 

What should I expect from ketamine infusion therapy for OCD?

INITIALIZING TREATMENT

  • We will perform a brief interview and physical assessment to make sure nothing has changed with your physical condition.
  • We will ask you to use the restroom and then get comfortable in our quiet, peaceful treatment area.
  • An IV line will be started to infuse the medication. You will be connected to all of our monitoring equipment before we begin.
  • We will be monitoring your vital signs during the entire infusion.
  • The infusion time will be approximately 40 minutes. During this time we will not disturb you. However, we will be observing you to ensure your safety. You may listen to music and relax as it feels best to you.
  • When the infusion ends, we will monitor you for any adverse side effects and ensure that you are adequately recovered prior to going home.

DAY OF TREATMENT

  • Please wear clothes that are comfortable and also provide full access to your arms.
  • Feel free to bring some music to listen to during your infusion.
  • Most patients feel it helps or enhances the treatment if they don’t speak and close their eyes during the infusion.
  • You will need to have someone accompany you and stay during your treatment. They will also be required to drive you home afterward.
  • You may not eat anything 6 hours prior or drink anything for 2 hours prior to your infusion or we may need to reschedule your treatment.

OPTIMIZING YOUR TREATMENT

  • Coordinating with your MHP is one of the best ways to optimize your treatment.
  • Benzodiazepines can ‘compete’ with Ketamine. To get the best benefit, it is best to discontinue this class of drugs before treatment.
  • Be prepared to be in a quiet and comfortable space for at least 1 ½ hours following your infusion.
  • We recommend a series of six infusions to be given within 3 weeks. Our team will be with you every step of the way to ensure your treatment has the best chance of success.
  • After the initial series of infusions, many patients only require an occasional top-up or ‘booster’ according to their individual needs – ranging from once a month to once a year depending on when and if your symptoms  for some conditions reoccur
  • For migraines the schedule is much more variable depending upon your exact condition. We’ll work hand in hand together on designing a tailored plan that caters specifically towards your requirements.


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