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Mental Health Screenings: The Importance of Checking-In

Mental Health Screenings: The Importance of Checking-In

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted many social and civil shortcomings, but thankfully, it has also provided a much needed change in perspectives, sometimes from unexpected corners of life. Overall, while adjusting to the pandemic, daily anxiety levels are on the rise. Now we must shift to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 through the emerging cold and flu season as the winter season sets. Entering a new wave of the pandemic requires us to stay the course with our behavioral changes in hygiene, as well as, maintaining social distancing measures. Coping with the changes faced has put into sharp relief the much needed global focus on mental health. 

The sustained stressors, like public health, social institutions, and the environmental changes, increase anxiety and fear for many. The emotions that some individuals have expressed during this pandemic, highlight a reality that individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) live with every day. During OCD Awareness Week we recognize millions of individuals who experience the restrictive fears that OCD, and their various coping behaviors, creating barriers to moving and living freely in the world.


OCD affects about 1% of the population in the United States or 2.2 million Americans each year (visit adaa.org for more facts and statistics on anxiety disorders). With many experiencing the onset of symptoms in their late teens. The realities of managing Covid-19 and the ramifications of a health scare may impact some individuals more than others. Especially, if fears are centered around contagion and the cold season demands of extra hand cleaning and disinfection against germs. This can lead people to a predisposition of developing compulsive behaviors around staying clean. Young adults are a vulnerable age group during the pandemic particularly since the social networks that help strengthen emotional development are constrained and are now more restricted through remote learning.  

Psychiatrists have continued to work with OCD patients during the pandemic using effective cognitive-behavioral treatments, yet the nature of the virus has curtailed some of those efforts. Ketamine Health Centers (KHC) can support a traditional CBT with alternative approaches. Ketamine infusion therapy, for example, works at the neurological level to help dislodge old, repetitive behaviors as one is practicing new behavioral patterns through cognitive behavior therapy. The majority of patients claim instantly diminished symptoms early into treatment, which is what makes this treatment option unique. KHC can provide a combination of procedures to augment your existing treatment plan. 

Thankfully, many OCD patients have felt little change as a direct result of the pandemic simply because their fears are of a different nature. For some, other fear factors are more immediate than the concerns brought to bear by the pandemic. Yet anxiety, just as mental health in general, works along a spectrum. Before the year began many individuals were already in a fragile place for anxiety and depression. The many layers of difficulties (health, economic, social, emotional) and the ongoing need to re-establish new states of “normal” is too great a challenge to carry alone.


Ketamine Health Centers can provide relief through alternative treatment for an array of mental health concerns. We encourage a multifaceted approach to mental health. Contact our highly trained professionals, at one of our conveniently located clinics, to discuss new treatment options that can strengthen your current practice or take you in a new direction for effective treatment. Set up your free consultation today!

Mental Health Screenings: The Importance of Checking-In

Mental Health Screenings: The Importance of Checking-In

October is Mental Health Screening month! This initiative was started by the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to raise public awareness of mental health issues. One in five Americans is affected by mental health conditions and despite the high prevalence, mental disorders often go undiagnosed, untreated, or under-treated in primary care. 

What is a mental health screening?

A mental health screening is an exam of your emotional health and helps you detect a mental health disorder. They are private and anonymous, cost-effective, quick, and accessible. Screening assesses risk factors, which can be genetic, behavioral, or environmental. Additionally, benefits include distinguishing between those who could benefit from minimal intervention and others who may require further diagnostic assessment or possible treatment. 

After completing a  screening, a mental health provider (a doctor or a therapist) can give you a full assessment and talk to you about options for how to feel better. Screenings are beneficial, because they allow for early identification and intervention, leading to better outcomes. Screenings may also lessen long-term disability, preventing years of suffering. 

Why are mental health screenings important?

Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and PTSD are among some of the most common mental health diagnoses detected from mental health screenings. With a high prevalence of condition related symptoms, often we may be unaware of severe underlying problems requiring extra attention. Instead of creating an environment filled with shame or fear, which stops many from seeking help, Ketamine Health Centers urges everyone to do their part in ending the stigma. Mental health illnesses are real, common, and treatable; recovery is very possible with the right steps.  

Participating in a mental health screening is just as important as getting regular check-ups with your doctor. Seven to ten million people in the United States have at least one mental health disorder, in addition to an existing alcohol or drug abuse disorder. Too often, these individuals are treated for only one of the two disorders or receive no treatment at all. In an effort to bridge the gap, mental health screenings help address these discrepancies and allow people to receive not only the help they need, but the help they deserve.  

What can Ketamine Health Centers do for you?

At Ketamine Health Centers, we believe mental health screenings play a crucial role in preventative care and overall well-being, so we will be offering free mental health screenings this October. If you or someone you know is in need of a team to help them regain control, please contact us. From our therapy programs to our cutting-edge treatments, our medical team takes the time to get to know you and your goals, personalizing your experience at any of our locations. What are you waiting for? Better days are ahead.

Effective Solution For Nicotine Dependence

Effective Solution For Nicotine Dependence

Stop Smoking Today – Regain Control 

From the debilitating mental health symptoms to the desire to quit smoking, many look for alternative ways to meet their health goals and regain control. The CDC reported an estimated 34.2 million American adults smoke in the United States and of those smokers, more than 16 million live with a smoking-related disease. Of these active smokers, 70% have expressed interest in wanting to stop smoking, but in reality, only 7% manage to successfully quit. Based on these facts, tobacco use is still an issue for many, which can be attributed to the highly addictive nature of nicotine.

Nicotine dependence is linked to many conditions, like heart disease and cancer, and due to its sedative and stimulant properties, can cause a surge of adrenaline by the adrenal glands and a reduction of insulin in the pancreas. These effects lead to increased heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Additionally, nicotine is associated with many brain pathways related to the reward system, which is believed to involve the autonomic nervous system. 

The toll of nicotine dependence can leave many feeling overwhelmed, but Ketamine Health Centers is here to bring hope for a better tomorrow through life-changing techniques. 

What is a Stellate Ganglion Block?

A Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) is an injection of local anesthetic (numbing medicine) using ultrasound guidance on the sympathetic nerves, located at the base of the neck. By targeting the sympathetic nervous system, which is a part of the autonomic nervous system, the body’s response to stress, also known as your “fight or flight” response, can be reset to baseline. Dysfunction of the sympathetic nervous system can lead to prolonged hyper-arousal, hyper-vigilance, and stimulated PTSD related anxiety symptoms. Stellate Ganglion reduces the nerve impulses and messages sent to the brain center, thereby, providing relief in the symptoms. 

This minimally invasive procedure has low risks and no major side effects and takes less than an hour and a half! Results and relief have been seen within 30 minutes and can last from a few months to years. SGB can be used to treat many conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Lymphedema, Nicotine Dependence, Migraines, Facial Pain, Upper Extremity Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Post-Herpetic Neuralgia, Hot Flashes, and Hyperhidrosis. 

The overall benefits of SBG include improved quality of life, better sleeping habits, decreased alcohol and substance use, improved cognitive function, improved physical functioning or exercise capacity, and healthier relationships.

While the Stellate Ganglion is not FDA approved, the FDA has ruled that approval is not needed for this approach since SGB is a conventional procedure that has been used worldwide since 1925.

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Here at Ketamine Health Centers, we have expert faculty to perform this procedure in the safest and most effective manner. We offer a professional and relaxing environment for the best patient experience.  If you or anyone you know would benefit from this treatment, we urge you to contact our team for a FREE consultation: 1-833-542-3040.

Amidst the Tragic Toll of Substance Abuse, KHC Provides a Path to Healing

Amidst the Tragic Toll of Substance Abuse, KHC Provides a Path to Healing

September marks Substance Abuse Awareness Month. The scope and depth of substance abuse and addiction are devastating not only for individuals and families but also for society as a whole. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017. With the events and tragedies that occurred this past year, it will take years to fully see the ramifications of the events that unfolded in 2020. The economic hardship faced by millions and the many thousands of individuals grieving loved ones will leave an indelible mark around the globe. Even with our current uncertainties, Ketamine Health Centers seeks to curb the most devastating of mental conditions, including substance abuse cases.


Substance abuse is not only a crippling mental illness for society with its correlation with domestic violence and increased crime rate, but also has been associated with lost productivity and is known to cause additional stress on our health care system. It is most preventable within a social framework that allows for healthy developmental growth. Meaning, that in a society that fosters self-care and provides citizens with the tools to manage emotional and mental health concerns, there is no doubt that there would be a curb in substance abuse and addiction per capita. Many individuals fall into addiction as a result of depression, trauma, sustained stress, or social habits and when combined with a genetic predisposition, it leads one down the rabbit hole. Substance abuse, like mental health, in particular, falls along a spectrum.

If today’s youth was equipped with the coping skills to manage difficult and traumatic life experiences (given that not all families can establish healthy dynamics without societal support), many more of our youth and adults will learn to use healthy methods to manage life’s challenges. We are slowly starting to move in this direction with our renewed focus on wellness and growth mindset perspective. Ketamine Health Centers is here to help you re-ground and focus on your overall wellness. 

The benefits of developing coping skills in adolescent years foster a positive mental health environment for children and families. It is important for individuals to understand the unique set of coping skills that are available for different kinds of stressors. Self-soothing, distraction, action, emotional awareness, mindfulness, and crisis planning are some of the categories of coping skills that can support those struggling with substance abuse. Here is our list of suggested coping:

  •  Comforting yourself through your five senses.
  • Taking your mind off the problem for a while. 
  • Doing something the opposite of your impulse that’s consistent with more positive emotion. 
  • Tools for identifying and expressing your feelings. 
  • Tools for centering and grounding yourself in the present. 
  • Contact info of supports and resources, for when coping skills aren’t enough. 

The underlying factors that lead to substance abuse and addiction are unique to each individual, and so treatment must be tailored to each person. Multifaceted approaches to overcoming addiction are essential, as some individuals will need therapy, a change of lifestyle, cutting-edge treatments, and most importantly change of perspective. With our alternative treatment methods for individuals who have found traditional options to fall short of their needs, Ketamine Health Centers is ready to help.

There are layers to every addiction story, and each of those layers may require a distinct approach to healing. First, is the lived experience of the individual that should be worked through in a therapeutic setting. Ketamine assisted psychotherapy provides an alternative method to talk therapy during ketamine infusions, proving to be effective for individuals with a genetic component to their addiction. Ketamine infusion therapy helps dislodge entrenched brain circuitry and reestablish new neuronal connections, thus breaking down some of the genetic pull of addiction.  Other treatments offered at our clinics, such as Stellate Ganglion Blocks (SGB), can provide relief for individuals that have developed an addiction due to trauma by resetting the body’s internal fight or flight responses.  Combining traditional therapy with alternative treatment methods can help one heal more quickly and more effectively, leading to sustained sobriety and recovery from other types of addictive behavior. 

Ketamine Health Centers offers an array of wellness procedures to enhance any therapeutic approach. Schedule your free consultation today to learn how Ketamine Health Centers can help you make your life your own again.

Effective Communication Matters For Improved Relationships

Effective Communication Matters For Improved Relationships

Do you ever feel misunderstood? Do you ever find it hard to get through a conversation with someone? It may feel as if the lines of communication were jumbled, leaving you puzzled. No one is at fault if communication modes are not understood and making a conscious effort to improve those interactions is possible. It helps to be aware of the various dynamics that can play out when interacting with others.

There are diverse and unique communication styles. As individuals, we approach one another from a different point of reference based on every stage and every encounter of life. These approaches are a result of how our consciousness moves us through the world, creating analytical, intuitive, functional, and personal communicators, to name a few. 

The greatest challenge in any relationship comes down to communication. The difficulties of people relating to one another are universal, and not restricted to interpersonal relationships. All encounters that are filtered through our personal experiences, shaped by our social, and cultural variations, make us unique. This individuality complicates our modes of interaction, increasing the need for improved communication channels. 

Clear communication and mutual respect are the cornerstones of any healthy relationship. Often, we are unaware of these varied differences between relationships, which can strain our professional and personal lives. 

  • Business relationships require open lines of communication, respect, and trust. Based on the setting and the mode of communication, the tone of the conversation may need to be revised and adjusted to ensure the successful transmission of your message. From personal interactions and formal written correspondences, effective communicators are able to build relationships, share ideas, delegate tasks, and manage their workload productively. Set personal goals, be intentional in your nonverbal language, and strive for simplicity when working to improve communication in business relationships.
  • Friendships and family relations require varying levels of vulnerability, which can only be established through clear modes of communication. Making a daily effort to become a better listener and improve talking skills can avoid stifling connections. 

These key features need to be fostered throughout our development into adulthood. In today’s social climate, honing our communication skills are central to a balanced approach to healthy living. Consider the challenges that we face at various stages of our development regarding how we communicate our needs and desires to others. Now, these difficulties can be compounded by language barriers, personality traits, and mental health conditions that may delay many aspects of clear communication.

Despite the challenges that all relationships face, it is possible to enjoy a healthy dynamic with others, even as one manages a significant mental health illness. The key, which becomes crucially important within the dynamics of mental disorders, is to establish clear boundaries. This ensures that all parties have a clear understanding of those boundaries through unimpeded lines of communication, a two-way process. From reflective listening with the goal of understanding to effective expression ensuring messages do not turn into background noise, communication is crucial to ensure sentiments are heard and feelings are understood. 

It is helpful to understand more specifically how a particular illness may complicate communication. It may not be possible for an individual experiencing mental illness to articulate their range of emotions, or to do so in a manner that makes full sense for the person they are trying to communicate with. Language in these instances falls short and perspectives are not clear. Often communication is affected by our emotions and motivations, but by using concise sentences and allowing proper processing time – the information is less likely to get jumbled with the already existing thoughts. 

Ketamine Health Centers recommends using the LEAP system when collaborating with someone with mental illness: 

  • Listen to understand.
  • Empathize with how the person feels. 
  • Agree on goals for both parties. 
  • Partner to work towards those goals.  

Additionally, a mental health professional can help you or loved ones find effective ways to learn or establish new modes of communication within relationships facing mental health challenges. Ketamine Health Centers’ team of counselors and medical professionals offer a wide array of mental health solutions and treatments to assist individuals facing a variety of communication-based challenges. Schedule a free consultation at any of our based clinics today. We are available via virtual, phone, or in-person visits. Our leading mental health team across Florida and Mexico can help you establish clear goals with specific options for alternative modes of treatment. Contact our team today – we are ready when you are. 

Spectrum of Mental Wellness

Spectrum of Mental Wellness

Processes usually move along a spectrum. Mental health is no different. Our individual mental health changes throughout our life as we develop and experience living in all its variety. We traverse the expanse of mental wellness as we move through the spectrum of mental health, changing as our experiences and coping skills shape us.

Currently, there is a wave of stress that is challenging even the most experienced mental health professionals, as we cope with the enormous changes that we face globally with Covid-19 still on the rise. Without even a chance to prepare for such moments, the required changes to how we behave have also left us with fewer buffers to ease the onslaught. That wave grows in intensity with social and financial stressors, and in many parts of the world, a failure of political leadership. But by recognizing the fluid nature of mental health, we can help mitigate some of the more difficult waves we encounter. Understanding mental health as a spectrum of wellness and illness is a first step towards actively shaping our individual wellbeing and providing support for our loved ones.

Most adults, and sadly more adolescents, live in an almost perpetual state of stress or stimulus overload. Our cultural climate (especially if consumed through social media), and the technology by which we consume it, generate their own levels of stressors. Even before the pandemic, and even if not already stretched by the responsibilities of making a living or supporting others – often experiencing lack of restorative sleep – day to day life has often been overwhelming. We know that we need to follow certain wellness practices to help relieve the pressure, ranging from exercise to meditation, as well as eating a healthy diet, and ensuring restful sleep. Especially in these extreme moments of change, we need to rely on all healthy modes of stress relief and create new modes of human interaction as many have been able to do. But not everyone can find alternative methods as easily. Left unchecked, high levels of stress will move one along the spectrum in the direction of mental illness – towards depression and other physical and emotional conditions. Find a way that works for you to channel that stress into an activity that brings you pleasure to maintain a more balanced mental wellness.

Traumatic life experiences that are left unresolved can also quickly move an individual along the spectrum to PTSD, or towards developing a substance abuse (or an excessive, risky behavior) especially if there is a predisposition to addiction in one’s family history. There are also mental illnesses that do not make themselves evident until a particular age is reached, often around late adolescence to early adulthood. Spotting changes in behavior can help us see early signs of mental health crises that need to be addressed.

The best care we can provide ourselves or our loved ones is to read the signs for help and seek the professional support needed. Social isolation, or changes in mood or energy levels might be easy to spot and may often be the first signs. For introverts, look for changes in behavior towards beloved activities. If you notice a decrease in productivity or activity for some time there may be more serious reasons than burn-out or disinterest. Also consider erratic behavior or distorted thinking as clear signs for help.

Ketamine Health Centers offers a myriad of procedures and therapies to help address the wide gamut of the mental health spectrum. We invite you to review our services to learn about the various therapeutic treatments and wellness options that Ketamine Health Centers provide. We are dedicated to helping our clients reach a balanced state of wellness.

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