To an Amazing New Day

To an Amazing New Day

Happy New Year! I do hope the year welcomed you with excitement for new possibilities. A nod, at least, to the importance of creating new plans, new paths to wellness. I hope you also entertain the possibility of having an amazing day ahead! I was beautifully reminded that it is in my power to have an amazing day. As I go about my routine being mindful of what I see and say, and especially how I feel, I notice how my reactions to all that surrounds me can shape my mindset. With an open mind I take on challenges and find the beauty in all things that I encounter, perhaps even the possibility of something shifting my course for the better. When I recognize the smile that comes over me as I witness a sweet moment unfold, I feel the renewed energy that a specific connection provides me. I draw from that energy all the possibilities that exist in the universe. I become open to the world and find that being in the moment helps bring about the positive things I seek out in my life. What is even more inspiring is recognizing that an intentional mindset also generates that energy for others around me. I can be a catalyst for others I encounter throughout my amazing day to take notice and be more mindful of their own powerful place in the world. This sort of energy exchange happens on such a subtle level that sadly we often ignore it. Yet, we have the advantage of the collective that gives great potency to the power of possibility and openness. We grow immensely when we recognize our power to influence not only our own reactions and attention to life’s moments, but by simply living with greater intention we help those around us focus on their own states of wellbeing and character development. The core of that state of psychosocial development rests on relationship and fellowship building, creating a collective energy that leads to synergistic growth, and above all establishing a healthy balance in all aspects of living. More often than not, when we develop our core beings we are rewarded with a cosmic connection in life that helps us navigate this difficult world with more patience and love. And so I hope to carry the energy of the holidays through the fellowship that was shared into the new year.

In order to feel one with the created world we must be open to possibility. The possibility of change, the possibility of something new and unexpected. These moments of deeper connections with the life source that moves through all states of being are not difficult to establish, but they do require an openness and flexibility of mind that our hectic lives and social structures do not encourage. Some individuals have a lower tolerance for change, for difference, for flexibility. Some see only black and white. It makes it hard to grow in a society that shines as a prism light if you can’t appreciate its colorful array. We at Ketamine Health Centers recognize this and provide new treatment methods, Ketamine infusion and TMS treatments, to help loosen the rigid perspectives that often grips the mind. The neurophysiological effects that these treatments aim to produce in large part help the mind escape entrenched pathways and create subtle new circuitry that allows for that needed flexibility for core wellness. Please connect with us today through our various modes of contact, and schedule a free consultation to explore the possibilities that Ketamine Health Centers can provide you or your loved one.

Reshaping the Mental Health Field

Reshaping the Mental Health Field

We live in promising times as we begin to better understand the role of energy frequencies in the development of our wellbeing.Patterns and established pathways, as well as the deviations from set patterns that occur, play a central role in the richness and diversity of life. What is most exciting within the field of mental health is the integration of a multifaceted approach to wellness. A holistic approach to help one establish a healthy and robust development of mind-body-soul work that grounds our happiness in this challenging world. The history and development of mental health as a discipline in medicine is fascinating, yet grim, and fraught with difficult challenges in the face of great suffering. When psychiatric medications known as SSRIs emerged in the late 1980s, there was immense promise for the treatment of countless psychiatric conditions. This revolutionary chemical approach to treatment provided a lifeline for patients suffering from mental illness and the very methods used to treat them. However, as in all things, there must be a balance. Thankfully, the psychiatric community is finally beginning to incorporate the necessary holistic approach that robust mental health and social development requires. There is both a greater awareness of the role that patterns and entrenched neurological pathways play in the development of mental illness, and a move towards using this knowledge to help develop better, and more efficacious treatment methods.

Over the last two decades we have more fully integrated the various approaches to wellness from nutrition, to exercise, to relationship and fellowship building. As well as via various modes of therapeutic approaches to relieving stress and anxiety (and traumatic suffering) provided by music therapy, art therapy, movement meditation, and other interactive modes of energy release. More recently, with a greater understanding of the role of energy frequencies through the profound perspective that quantum physics offers, we have well-documented the benefits of acupuncture, Reiki touch, vibrational therapy, and the like. But even more profound for the psychiatric community is the development of therapies within this new scientific and medical paradigm, using our knowledge of the role of frequencies to develop more effective treatments.

The new treatments of Ketamine infusion and TMS provide patients and clinicians renewed hope. Hope for relief from debilitating symptoms for patients who have tried a multitude of approaches to treatment. And a profound sigh of relief from psychiatrists who see very promising results for their patients. The continued development of Ketamine-infused treatments to target depression, PTSD, pain management and relief, among other targeted illnesses, has shown to provide immediate relief of symptoms for most of our patients at KetamineHealth Centers. Our patients’ testimonials highlight the impact of the field’s current transformation on an individual and personal level. Ketamine treatment has proven to be a lifeline over the last several years for patients facing treatment-resistant depression.

One of the newest methods available is a cognitive science-based process known as TMS, or Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): A non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain that improve symptoms of depression.Ketamine Health Centers is excited to announce this new treatment method will be available very soon. We are committed to providing our clients the highest standards of treatment available, and encourage you to set up a free consultation today to review the benefits of these new FDA approved treatment methods. Our care team will help you will determine which path to healing works best for you or your loved one.    

Enhancing Mental Health & Wellbeing

Enhancing Mental Health & Wellbeing

We live in complex times. A nuanced age that astonishes me daily with the power of what we know. A time when words such as ‘multidisciplinary’ and ‘integrated’ pepper all fields of inquiry. As a result, we are creating a rich tapestry of related knowledge that provides us a deeper understanding. The subtleties that we have gleamed through science, and the reach that we have through technology is simply astounding. And thankfully due to our global village mentality that is changing how we see the world, we have a greater respect for (and now more widespread circulation) of local or indigenous philosophies that help enhance our own. These different ways of seeing provide us with a more nuanced worldview to help bring about respect through knowing, and direction for a sustainable future. Today our children are taught more than we were to discover and learn by exploring a topic from various perspectives. A great lesson in life is to take a multi-pronged approach to problem solving. Our pursuit of knowledge, and how we have shared that across the spectrum, provides us with tools to manage life’s complexities. So too when we make long-lasting lifestyle changes from various angles, it helps us create traction and keep-up our motivation to make it stick.

Make a choice to bring forth positive changes in your life. Instead of deciding to stop whatever behavior is putting you on a detrimental course (negative thinking), think instead about starting a new practice that will ensure your continual development. Something that can take the place of the behavior you want to stop. Approach it from a multi-perspective position to help you move forward, to see the strengths and opportunities that change can bring; as well as assess the weaknesses and vulnerabilities that may result. This way you can better prepare for them, rather than be thrown off guard by them. Be honest with yourself about where you are in the process, not only focused on where you want to be. As with all things, it is by way of the middle ground that we build strength in our core – finding that balance of keeping yourself honest without losing sight of your goal.  

Considering the effects of diet and exercise on overall wellbeing, let’s take a multifaceted approach to how one may work on incremental improvements. You can look at how you shop for food (are you hungry and tired while at the grocery store?). How one prepares food (what small changes can you make to eat healthier?). How one eats (are you eating on the run or sitting down for 30 minutes to destress while you digest?). Finally, assess your level of activity throughout the day (how can I add 20min of moderate exercise to my day?). We need to be realistic about our goals so that they fit our schedule and help keep us motivated. Making several small changes to establish a solid routine, rather than setting oneself up for discouragement by trying to take on too much at the start.

So too, clinicians can provide more robust treatment in mental health with a multifaceted approach, and help patients take ownership of their lifestyle changes.

Looking at depression in particular, we know there are many non-medicinal ways to boost serotonin levels to help curb depression. Exercise, diet rich in serotonin producing foods, meditation, building-up social connections, music and drumming, art therapy, etc. There is talk therapy (and psychoanalysis) and various methods that rely on cognitive biofeedback mechanisms, to help one learn to process and move past the depressive state. More often than not, a multifaceted approach using many of these non-medicinal methods is enough to work through one’s depression. However, we know many individuals need more direct support in the form of medication, the use of SSRIs, and thankfully now Ketamine infusion treatment. The downside of medication is the length of time needed for it to begin working effectively, on the order of a couple of weeks to a month. Ketamine treatment has shown tremendous promise. Patients experience immediate relief from symptoms, and together with other non-medicinal methods, will help keep depression at bay. Perhaps even more importantly for certain individuals, it can be an effective prong in a varied approach when one uses Ketamine treatment at the start. Given the timeframe that most SRI/SSRIs require to reach effective levels, Ketamine infusion treatment can provide an immediate relief of symptoms, while giving the body time to develop a more heightened response to medication.

Ketamine for Treatment-Resistant Depression: The First Decade of Progress is, according to the publisher (http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319429236), the “first book to systematically review the robust clinical and preclinical research on ketamine use for treatment resistant depression.” Regarding depression and OCD, some studies suggest ketamine infusion, combined with other established CBT treatments such as exposure and response therapy or EX/RP therapy (as well as SRI/SSRI medication), may accelerate and prolong the efficacy of overall treatment.

To discuss these findings and learn how Ketamine infusion can enhance your current treatment plan, please call us today for a free consultation.

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