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Ketamine Therapy Specialist

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center

Child and Adult Psychiatric Care & Interventional Psychiatry located in Hamden, CT & Woodbridge, CT

Traditional medication and psychotherapy may not be enough to help those suffering from a severe mental health condition. Triple board-certified psychiatrist David Aversa, MD, MPH, at Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center in Hamden and Woodbridge, Connecticut, is dedicated to providing the most advanced treatments and interventions available. He offers ketamine therapy to treat many psychiatric conditions. To learn more about ketamine therapy for mental health, call the office closest to you or request an appointment online today.

Ketamine Therapy Q&A

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is an intravenous (IV) anesthetic FDA approved for reducing pain during both surgery and diagnostic procedures. It works by altering brain activity to decrease pain sensations and pain memory.

More recently, doctors use low-dose ketamine infusions to assist in the management of psychiatric disorders. 

What is ketamine therapy?

Ketamine therapy refers to the off-label use of ketamine for the treatment of psychiatric conditions. Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center specializes in interventional psychiatry and offers ketamine therapy as a treatment option for:

  • Severe or chronic depression
  • Postpartum depression
  • Bipolar disorder

In addition to IV infusion of ketamine, Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center also offers Spravato™, a nasal spray that contains ketamine. It’s used in conjunction with oral antidepressants for those suffering from treatment-resistant depression.  

Though researchers are still investigating how ketamine works, it’s theorized that the medication blocks and activates certain receptors in the brain to alleviate symptoms. The medication may also reduce inflammation and improve communication in certain areas of the brain to improve function and mood. 

Am I a good candidate for ketamine therapy?

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center determines if you’re a good candidate for ketamine therapy during a consultation.

The child and adult psychiatric center takes many factors into consideration when developing your personalized treatment plan. These factors include your diagnosis, the severity of your symptoms, and your treatment history.

What can I expect during ketamine therapy?

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center tailors ketamine therapy to your unique medical profile and your treatment may not be like any other patient. Your ketamine therapy, including Spravato treatments, is conducted at the office. 

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center uses state-of-the-art technology to administer your ketamine and closely monitors you during your treatment session. The specifics of your ketamine therapy depend on your psychiatric needs.

IV ketamine therapy

For IV ketamine therapy, you may need two sessions a week for 4-5 weeks. Each IV infusion takes about 40 minutes.

Spravato

With Spravato ketamine therapy, you administer the medication yourself in the office. Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center closely monitors you for up to two hours after administration.

During the first month of treatment, you come in twice a week for therapy and then once a week or every other week thereafter.

To learn more about ketamine therapy and how it may work for you, contact Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center by phone or online today.