Ketamine is a well researched anesthetic agent that has been used safely and effectively to treat a variety of mental health and physical medical conditions. At YWP, we employ its use as adjunctive treatment for treatment-resistant Major Depressive Disorder, depressive phases of Bipolar Disorder, suicidality, severe anxiety disorders, OCD, and PTSD.
Ketamine can open the possibility of symptom relief and solidifying new patterns of thinking, feeling, and responding to daily stressors through multiple effects on the brain. By blocking receptors for glutamate, the most prevalent excitatory signaling chemical in the brain, we observe a subsequent increase in release of glutamate into the space between cells. This has a cascade of effects and ultimately triggers release of brain derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF. BDNF is a key player in neuroplasticity, which helps to restore normal connectivity between key brain regions. The activity of the Default Mode Network (DMN) then dampens and diminishes, which can be felt as a lessening of obsessive and negative thinking. As old stuck patterns begin to loosen up, and new connections form, the brain has the opportunity to transform over time into a healthier baseline state. We follow all ketamine infusions with high-dose Vitamin C intravenously, to support the surge of nerve cell growth and connection formation, and enhance ketamine's antidepressant effects.
Research consistently demonstrates improvement in depressive symptoms and suicidal thinking with the first infusion, but these effects are temporary, and a proper schedule of induction and maintenance is necessary to ensure ongoing benefit.
We believe that ketamine infusions are most effective in the context of intentional self-care and an integrative wellness plan that includes psychotherapy and working toward a balanced lifestyle. We provide lifestyle coaching, functional testing, and traditional psychiatry and psychotherapy. We are also available to coordinate with your current prescriber or therapist to ensure a supportive, team-based approach to your treatment.
Pricing starts at: $550 per infusion.
Standard induction protocol is 2 infusions per week for 3-4 weeks.
We are then able to space out infusions gradually over time, observing for the minimum necessary frequency to maintain your recovery.