Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects between 2 and 3 million American adults, often causing intrusive symptoms that make life difficult. At KetaView, in Redlands, California, J.R. Evans, MD, and the team of medical professionals offer a revolutionary treatment for OCD in the form of ketamine injections. This treatment approach can relieve you of intrusive obsessions and compulsions almost immediately, offering much faster results than oral medications. Book your appointment online or call the office to learn more now.
OCD is a mental health disorder that causes intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and impulses (compulsions.) With OCD, the thoughts and impulses occur repeatedly, so you may feel like a slave to them. OCD can severely disrupt your life, and if you have symptoms of OCD you may feel as if you have no control over them.
The symptoms of OCD can vary widely from one person to another, and intensity can vary as well. Some of the most common types of obsessive thoughts are:
These obsessive thoughts can lead to compulsions, which are generally very repetitive behaviors. For example, before you can leave for work you may feel the need to check that the stove is turned off multiple times. Or, after using the bathroom you may wash your hands over and over. Counting objects and repeatedly tidying or arranging the home are other examples of compulsions.
OCD treatment usually includes a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT,) specifically a technique called exposure and response prevention (ERP,) and medication. Around 70% of people with OCD experience symptom improvement with either or both of these approaches, according to the International OCD Foundation.
There are several antidepressants often prescribed for OCD, which are mainly the same drugs commonly used for depression. People who take medication for OCD typically experience a 40-60% reduction in their symptoms. However it can take 4-6 weeks, or sometimes much longer, to work — if they work at all.
Because traditional approaches to OCD leave so many people struggling, KetaView offers a unique approach: ketamine injections.
The exact mechanism of ketamine is still unclear, but experts believe that it works on several levels in the brain to disrupt harmful thought patterns. Ketamine offers almost instant results and many patients experience a lessening of symptoms for as long as a week or even two weeks.
A series of ketamine injections can dramatically lessen OCD symptoms with instant effect, allowing you to better participate in therapy that can help free you from your obsessions and compulsions long term.
If OCD symptoms are causing frustration and misery, ketamine can give you fast relief. Book your appointment by calling KetaView or clicking the online scheduler now.