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Ketamine Assisted Therapy: A Unique Approach to Mental Health

“I am not good enough”

“No one will love me”

“I always fail at everything I do”

“I’m not a good person”

Sometimes these negative thoughts can dominate our brain and it feels like there is no way to quiet these thoughts, or better yet, transform them into something empowering.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has named depression as the leading cause of disability in the world. Depression rates have increased by 30% since March 2020. This has led to more adults dying from suicide as of October 2020, than from COVID-19 in many parts of the world. For example, San Francisco has had 3x more deaths from suicide alone than from COVID-19. As we slowly move out of one pandemic, we are silently moving into a mental health pandemic.

If you’ve lived with depression or suicidal thoughts, you’ve probably tried several treatments and may be resistant to the effects of antidepressants or other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) medications. You start to believe that nothing will work to get out of the depression you are in. Your mood and your thoughts are affected, and depression may leave you feeling incomplete in your relationships, your career, and your physical healthyour whole life. And with therapy, what works for some doesn’t work for others. It’s about trial-and-error and finding both a therapist and approach that works for you.

If depression has been impacting you and preventing you from genuinely connecting with yourself and loved ones, Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) may be the healing approach to traditional psychotherapy that can help you feel better. Ketamine helps to clear up the depression fog. With anything new, this nontraditional approach to healing can feel scary. According to Shakti Therapy & Healing Services, a holistic group practice in Los Angeles, CA, with KAP you have the support of a medical team throughout your journey. This team usually includes a medical doctor and a psychotherapist. The psychotherapist supports the medicine work with intensive integration work. This combination accelerates the growth of neuroplasticity and the disruption of limiting beliefs, making it effective at treating mental health symptoms.

Neuroplasticity (n): is the physiological changes that occur in the brain as a