Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety Affects Nearly 84 Million Adults in the U.S.

Anxiety is a natural and normal reaction to stress, which almost everyone experiences at some point. However, when anxiety becomes persistent and disrupts a person’s ability to function, it can be a problem. If traditional treatments like talk therapy or psychiatric medications have not effectively managed chronic anxiety, ketamine may be a treatment option to consider. Ketamine rapidly and effectively alleviates anxiety, allowing individuals to make positive life changes.

When Should I Get Help for Anxiety?

When you feel anxious, your brain releases hormones that activate your body to prepare for a potentially stressful situation. Once the perceived threat is over, your hormone levels should return to normal, and your anxiety should subside.

However, if you have an anxiety disorder, your body remains on high alert even when you are not facing a stressful situation. This can lead to ongoing worry, fear, and difficulty functioning daily. If anxiety is disrupting your life and preventing you from doing what you want, it is important to seek help. A mental health professional can assess your symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment options to help you manage your anxiety and improve your quality of life.

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the prevalence of different types of anxiety disorders in the United States is as follows:

  • 7 to 9% of people have a specific phobia
  • 7% of the population has a social anxiety disorder
  • 2 to 3% of people present with panic disorder
  • 2% of people have agoraphobia
  • 2% of people are diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder
  • 1 to 2% of people have a separation anxiety disorder

Anxiety can be a difficult and overwhelming experience, regardless of the specific type of anxiety a person may be experiencing. Sometimes, the efforts to manage anxiety can contribute to the anxiety itself, which can seem paradoxical but is not uncommon. It is worth noting that anxiety can also range in intensity.

Examples of Anxiety Disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): This is characterized by chronic anxiety and excessive worry and tension, even when it is little or no reason to feel anxious.

Panic Disorder: This is characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear, often accompanied by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal discomfort.

Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Disorder: This is characterized by overwhelming anxiety and self-consciousness in social situations. It can be limited to only one type of situation, such as a fear of public speaking, or it can be so severe that a person experiences symptoms anytime they are around other people.

Agoraphobia: This is characterized by fear and avoidance of places or situations that may cause panic or a feeling of helplessness.

Selective Mutism: This is characterized by a failure to speak in certain social situations, even when a person can speak in others (such as at home with close family). This disorder typically affects children.

Separation Anxiety Disorder: This is a childhood disorder characterized by anxiety related to separation from parents or other caregivers.

Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder: This is characterized by symptoms of intense anxiety or panic caused by misusing drugs or taking certain medications.

Some people may also develop an anxiety disorder due to a medical condition that includes symptoms of intense anxiety.

How Does Ketamine Treat Anxiety?

Ketamine has been shown to have powerful effects on treating anxiety disorders, particularly those resistant to traditional treatments. Research has suggested that ketamine may effectively reduce anxiety by inhibiting the activity of the NMDA receptor in the lateral habenula, a brain region involved in encoding negative rewards or anti-reward cause-and-effect relationships. People with anxiety disorders often show an overactivity of burst firing in this region.

By blocking the NMDA receptor, ketamine prevents the neurotransmitter glutamate from activating it. This can lead to an accumulation of free glutamate, which activates the AMPA receptor and releases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF, in combination with the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), promotes the growth of new neural connections. This may help to reroute the brain from hyperactive areas associated with negative reward signals, leading to long-term relief from anxiety and other mental health and chronic pain conditions.

Receiving Treatment

Don’t let anxiety control your life any longer. Our highly trained healthcare providers at Renew Health in Allen, Texas, are here to help you find relief. Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate care and personalized treatment plans to help you regain control of your mental health. If you’re ready to explore ketamine treatment for anxiety, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Contact Renew Health today and take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow.

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