Mental illness has been on the rise for many decades in the United States. There are various reasons for the increase in individuals diagnosed with a mental disorder. Before the turn of the century, we became more informed of mental health in general as we began to chip away at the stigma surrounding it. As a result, many individuals were able to seek help openly. Over the last twenty years, we have learned a great deal more about the social and neuro-physiological ground of mental illness, helping us diagnose cases earlier on. Still, there has been a growth in mental health cases over the last decade, particularly among adolescents and young adults. And suicide ideation has been on the rise within the adult population (see The state of mental health in America.) These numbers surely speak to more than simply highlighting the problem. Our changing environments have outpaced our ability to adapt to them. Financial disparity is growing. Environmental anxiety is on the rise as many more individuals become concerned by the imbalance in nature. Currently, emotional stability is strained by this onslaught to our public health, the abrupt upending of our lives and the financial fall-out of the coronavirus outbreak.

There is such a wide spectrum of experiences during this pandemic, as most of us shelter-in-place, but all of them carry their own weight of challenges; depending on where you live in respect to hot zones, but also by how you live. Do you live alone or are you with family? Is it a loving family situation, or is someone experiencing trauma in the home? Are you in a struggling relationship made more difficult during quarantine? Are you tasked with juggling too many roles as a parent and employee, turned part-time teacher? A caregiver with no relief in sight? Or are you furloughed and bored, maybe drowning in social media? Perhaps you lost a loved one.

At a time when more individuals need mental health support and services, Ketamine Health Centers is pleased to provide an effective alternative to medications. Ketamine infusion therapy is over 90% effective for treating anxiety, major depression (particularly for treatment-resistant patients), and those suffering from suicide ideation. Ketamine therapy is also effective among a range of other mental disorders with a high success rate.

A study conducted in the early 2000s, reported by the NIMH – National Institute of Mental Health, states that “19.1% of U.S. adults had suffered some sort of anxiety disorder in the past year, with an estimated 31.1% of U.S. adults experiencing any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives”. According to the American Psychiatric Association, one in 15 (6.7%) adults experience depression in any given year, and 16.6% will experience depression at some point in their lives. And these statistics are pre-pandemic numbers from 2017. We now face a new set of unknowns that heightens the anxiety felt by many. The need for mental health support to manage this increase grows acutely, especially among our heroes – the healthcare workers on the frontlines. Ketamine Health Centers can provide mental health support that is effective and immediate. Immediate relief is essential for some individuals during this pandemic.

Hopefully you are among the many that have had time to spend with loved ones and reconnect. Or learn a new hobby. Maybe finally putting that bike to use after so many years. I hope this time has afforded you blessings. But if you or a loved one seeks support during these extraordinary challenges, Ketamine Health Centers can provide a range of services to address your needs. Telemedicine services are in place, and we are happy to announce that insurance coverage is available at our Coral Gables clinic, a blessing during these financially trying times. We are working to provide insurance coverage at our other clinics. Ketamine Health Centers can provide an avenue to healing that is more direct and efficacious. Together with a follow-up plan devised with your therapist, you can find that calm to see past the stressors and focus on the opportunities that these challenging times present us. Contact us today for a consultation.

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