Expand Your Mind


Expand Your Mind


In our hyperpolarized world, it is ever more important to actively practice a change in perspectives. Especially, if we are ever to reestablish balance, and approach the Other with respect and decency. Role-playing various perspectives can be an eye-opening experience that can also serve you well when making difficult choices. You’ve heard, no doubt, the suggestion to take a walk when you’re stuck or when faced with something you just can’t figure out. Stepping away from your intense focus on a particular issue allows your mind to disengage and loosen its grip on an entrenched idea. The space that opens up when you change your scenery, and see with fresh eyes, gives your mind the opportunity to make new connections, to allow you to see something that was not apparent before. Or simply to clear your thoughts and allow you to refocus on something new that provides a way forward. That is a passive way to change your perspective and help your mind process information differently, often resulting in a ‘Eureka’ moment.

Role-playing is an active method to help you reach other points of view, or other facts that will help you see things in a different light. One suggestion, I read recently, is to imagine 3 or 4 fictional characters taking on your task. Say you are having a difficult time deciding how best to complete a project that you know will meet resistance from others. Imagine your scenario from the perspective of an elderly woman, a Greek philosopher, the first female leader of a nation, a poor peasant – the more culturally and historically diverse the better. These wildly diverse character filters will force you to see your problem from very different life perspectives. Be as creative and far-fetched as you can in order to stretch your mind to focus on a multitude of factors. Such a diverse group of filters will help you consider consequences to your decision that you likely have not thought of, thus expanding your mind. This is a fun and useful exercise, and also serves to keep your mind flexible and open to new ideas. It can be easily adapted to consider diverse social viewpoints that could help you bridge the gap with polar opposite individuals.

Ketamine infusion therapy proves to be effective along these lines of helping expand the mind after experiencing a new way of being in the world. Ketamine helps dislodge entrenched neuropathways via an expansion of one’s sense of self that occurs during the process of ‘ego dissolution’. Many clients have shared experiences of seeing anew regarding their lives, after sensing they are part of something larger than themselves. New ways of seeing, of sensing one’s ground, provides new pathways to help establish alternate ways of living. Especially when lifestyle changes accompany one’s treatment. The expansion of one’s mind often coincides with a change in perspective and opens a space for healing on a deep-rooted level. To learn more about how ketamine infusion therapy can expand your possibilities for mental and emotional rebalance, please contact one of our Ketamine Health Centers today.

2019 American Society of Ketamine Physicians Conference

2019 American Society of Ketamine Physicians Conference

Ketamine Health Centers recently attended the 2019 ASKP Conference in Denver, CO. This is the second annual conference for the American Society of Ketamine Physicians. A conference involving multi-disciplinary speakers discussing ketamine use for mood disorders, psychotherapy and pain conditions.

As the leading provider of IV ketamine infusion therapy in South and Central Florida, our goal is to provide relief and offer hope to those who suffer from treatment-resistant conditions.

We are one of the very few centers specializing solely in ketamine infusion therapy with a team of mental health and certified anesthesia professionals to help our patients on their journey to recovery.

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Overcoming Suicidal Ideation with Ketamine Therapy

Overcoming Suicidal Ideation with Ketamine Therapy

On September 10th, we bring attention to the epidemic of suicide with World Suicide Prevention Day. During this month of September, we highlight the national problem and its devastating effects on our society. But as the WHO’s report states, “Suicide is a global public health issue. All ages, sexes and regions of the world are affected (and) each loss is one too many”. It is a symptom of the lack of resources and education for mental health issues that affect all individuals around the globe. When suicide takes the life of “one person every 40 seconds”, we can only assume that we are not doing enough to help our children grow into healthy individuals. “It is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds”. That is staggering.  We are losing our future generation the world over to immense stress and pain.

Only recently we have begun to bring more attention to and create educational fronts to establish wellbeing across the cultural divides. But more needs to be done to help the countless individuals suffering in silence. We must lift the stigma that surrounds mental health to include a much wider net of care and solutions to the symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the painful reduction in quality of life that leads so many individuals into states of hopelessness. We must provide opportunities for our young and growing adults to learn to express themselves and develop core strengths, and to learn the important coping skills in life that take practice to establish. We need to teach growth mindset and resilience, and provide healthy outlets to release stress, along with a safe place to discuss painful and traumatic experiences – as a regular aspect of their lives. By necessity, government programs and policies must be created and/or properly funded to increase access to mental health care for individuals who need additional support in the form of treatment.

However, individuals that do seek help, so often challenged with major depression and/or post-traumatic stress disorder, and who are receiving medication still suffer from suicidal ideation.“About one in five patients with major depressive disorder experienced high or fluctuating suicidal ideation despite receiving antidepressant treatment for 12 weeks, according to results published in Journal of Clinical Psychiatry”. Which partly explains why suicide is such a great problem globally.  Even individuals who are seeking mental health treatment may not benefit from traditional psychiatric medications. Thankfully, there are new and more effective tools available to us that relieve individuals of these symptoms of suicidal ideation. 

Ketamine infusion therapy, and especially Ketamine assisted psychotherapy, provides proven results and great promise for overcoming the epidemic of suicide. Of patients who have tried ketamine infusion therapy, over 95% have reported that suicidal ideation abated after just one infusion. That is amazing promise for individuals who are suffering greatly. Using this effective treatment method in combination with lifestyle changes, and wellness strategies (in addition to other prescribed treatments as needed) provides a lifeline for individuals suffering from suicidal thoughts. We at Ketamine Health Centers are dedicated to providing cutting edge treatment that works. By offering this new medical tool, we help our clients find relief as they begin to open up a space in their lives to continue the deeper work of holistic living. Call or set up an appointment today for a free consultation to learn more about Ketamine infusion treatment and how it can help you find your path to wellness.

   

An 8-point check on Wellness

An 8-point check on Wellness

The month of August is National Wellness Month. An appropriate time of year to take stock of where we stand and where we’re heading in life. In the short term, as we start to gear up for an often-hectic fall season, it’s vitally important to evaluate how our needs have changed over the year, and how we can best meet them now. Yet also looking at our long-term goals and setting new sights for the years to come. A helpful way to begin this reflective process is by focusing on eight wellness dimensions. Because one’s well-being is so much more than reaching and maintaining physical and emotional health. Holistic wellness requires that we focus on all aspects of living to help establish meaning and purpose. This process is especially important for young adults in a critical period of their lives – perhaps starting college this month. A time when the choices made either open doors to a bright future or takes one down dead-end roads that require more time and energy to reroute from.

The eight areas of emphasis are the Emotional, Environmental, Financial, Intellectual, Occupational, Physical, Social and Spiritual dimensions of wellness. An introspective focus on each of these aspects of our lives can lead to genuine happiness. The foundational ground of wellness centers on the mind body soul connections that shape and are shaped by our unique niches in the natural/material world; and both guide and are guided by the inner worlds that we inhabit as we grow into our authentic Self. This 8-dimensional web produces a system of self-care that rounds out our needs and desires, and shapes our actions with a goal-oriented vision.

Our Physical health is determined by our genetics, our diet, our ways of being in the world. And of course, is the most immediate and foundational ground for wellness. Also, perhaps the easiest check on our well-being because of the many ways we can measure and improve it. From this ground flows all the other points that allow us to self-actualize as we grow. Each dimension carries its own weight in establishing meaningful directions in our life. 

Emotional wellness is the sphere most influenced by all the others, as we learn to mitigate the pressures each of us face. Different for all because of the varying physical, environmental and social factors. Building up our character strengths and learning to honor our unique gifts (our emotional intelligence) prepares us for life’s endless challenges. When we’re filled with purpose, we use our talents to help others, however indirectly it may be, which ties into our Environmental, Social and Spiritual wellness checks. These three dimensions are shaped by our interactions, our relationships with others, with the divine, with the world around us. 

Focusing in on our relationships with others, and with our connections to nature and the spiritual ground of our existence, helps us hone our physical & emotional needs. Which the cultural and social institutions that we establish for ourselves can either bolster or strip away. Each of us requires a healthy and robust environment to help support our dietary and mental health goals; underpinned by traditions (often spiritual in nature) and institutions that allow us to find our purpose and make a difference in this world.

The wellness dimensions that we can shape perhaps most directly with our unique experiences are those of our Financial, Intellectual and Occupational frameworks. Intellectual wellbeing is not simply shaped by our cognitive and mental health development, but also by our values and how we come to understand the world and our place in it. Especially important for young adults, as it is fundamental to our continual growth, is to view knowledge as an end goal; not simply a means to financial wellbeing. Occupational wellness involves not just finding fulfilling work that allows you to use your intellect and provides financial stability. More importantly, your career or favorite hobby should allow you to develop your capabilities to happily enjoy life and provide meaning and purpose. Financial wellness opens the door to help bolster emotional and physical health for us and our families. We come full circle to growing our core self by using our unique attributes. Financial wellness also involves planning for our future goals, and responsibly using our wealth (however limited) to continue the work of self-growth, caring for others, and creating a joyful and fulfilling life. 

Ketamine Health Centers is committed to helping individuals work through their challenges and establish wellness in all dimensions of life.

   

Despacito

Despacito

We are entering that lull brought on by the intense heat of midsummer that forces you to slow your Self down; to breathe more deeply, more intentionally to break through the malaise. Despacito (slowly) and purposefully, let’s take a moment to reflect on the way in which our rhythms, that of our bodies and of our days, respond to energy around us. This time of year it is important to eat more fresh, cold fruits and dishes that juxtapose against the slow simmer of a summer day. Especially with the ever so hectic rhythm of our daily lives, which take us away from moments of reflection and calm that refresh our mind and spirit. A cold fruit drink to spring our bodies back from the slump of the heat, embracing the coolness as it coats us, is one way to re-energize our body.

So too can we help our minds refocus on the present when we let go of our preoccupations with the what-ifs of our past. For some of us, finding the peaceful calm to enjoy life’s present moment can be a greater challenge. It eludes us, or moves over us too quickly to positively harness it to our psychic needs. Often times we simply do not hear the rhythm of our spirit loudly enough to know what those needs are. Establishing a space to hear our bodies and minds speak our spiritual truth is a lifelong process. Creating that meditative rhythm takes time and practice. But it is by virtue of surpassing that threshold that one reaches a state of embodiment, when our mind, body and soul begin to align and create a synergistic energy within us. One that provides new perspective of our Self and our surroundings. That meditative state can come from many pleasurable activities beyond what you think of when meditation is mentioned. It’s not just the cross-legged yogi stance. Meditative walking, walking with a focus on one’s breathing and body rhythm is a great way to enjoy nature and harness additional health benefits. Music and art therapies bring the mind into focus, aligning our energies with expressive modes of being. Eating slowing, with purpose, mindfully enjoying each texture, sensing each flavor, brings a new pleasure to what can be a mundane activity. Despacito, slowly enjoying the small pleasures of life with mindful intention reenergizes us.

Still for others, additional help may be needed to open up our synapses to the anticipation of pleasure, and Ketamine infusion treatment can help. A press release put out by the National Institute of Health a few years ago highlights the promising treatment that Ketamine infusion provides for individuals who suffer from anhedonia (the loss of the ability to look forward to pleasurable activities). Ketamine infusions help by boosting activity inthe dorsal anterior cingulate cortex and related circuitry. Creating that space for meditative and pleasure-seeking activities is possible for individuals facing depression, PTSD and other mental health challenges. Please contact one of our offices today for a free consultation to learn how Ketamine infusion, and other treatments offered at Ketamine Health Centers, can help you or your loved one.

   

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy: What to expect

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy: What to expect

Ketamine infusion therapy has shown to be a remarkable new tool for physicians who help patients facing very challenging mental health issues. Our clients regularly share their sentiments of relief at finally finding a treatment that works for them after so many years of failed therapies. We are especially happy to hear their success stories and examples of transformations after treatment. But Ketamine infusion therapy by itself has a drawback in the length of time the treatment is effective. It has a somewhat low efficacy rate unless infusions are combined with other lifestyle changes or therapeutic methods.

One of the best ways to increase the healing possibilities that Ketamine infusions can provide is to include it with traditional psychotherapy, talk therapy if you will, in order to assist the patient on several fronts. A therapist helps guide a patient through the process more directly. And provides a safety anchor for those who experience anxiety or negative feelings that can emerge during an infusion session. Especially as one begins to do the psychological work and delve deeper in order to uncover the core factors that contribute to one’s current state of health. Therapist as guide is a very important part of the healing process for patients suffering from depression and PTSD, in particular.

There is a reassuring sense that one can let go more easily, as well, if there is a guide to ensure our safety. It gives us permission to take more risks in what we allow ourselves to see and come to understand. During Ketamine assisted psychotherapy the patient will likely encounter imagery and sensations that do not make a world of sense at times. Including an interpreter in the process can be very helpful, and can lead to cathartic moments if one is able to see what our psyche is trying to show us more clearly. A therapist can help interpret some of those symbols with you and more fully explore their deeper meanings.

We have tried to have patients write down their experiences after an infusion treatment and, or simply, discuss with the attending physician what they experienced. But many cannot find the words to recreate the imagery once they are out of a session. It seems to flow best, and provide more for the therapist to work with, when a patient can share their experiences in mid-session. Not having to rely on memory, but instead on metaphor.

These sessions can open a door to new insights and perspectives that one may not come to understand as quickly, or at all perhaps, if done alone. But during Ketamine assisted psychotherapy one can move further in-depth to better understand the factors at play. Or at the very least open new patterns of thought, given new perspectives, which can motive necessary lifestyle changes.

Ketamine assisted psychotherapy can provide tremendous healing potential for numerous ailments. Especially if one can couple it with meditation prior to beginning a treatment session. This practice improves the efficacy of the treatment by helping patients create a healing space in the mind made possible through the meditative arts. Together Ketamine assisted psychotherapy and meditation can lead to longer lasting effects of treatment for all patients. Call today, or set up an appointment online at, one of our Ketamine Health Centers and find out how to expand your current treatment plan to include Ketamine assisted psychotherapy.

   

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