Looking for OCD treatment in Arroyo Grande, CA? It’s now commonly used in outpatient centers to treat severe refractory depression and pain syndromes like chronic neuropathic pain. Studies confirming benefits from low dose ketamine infusions have been done at Yale University, The National Institute of Health, Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.
The Ken Starr MD Wellness Group provides over 20 years of experience using Ketamine for a variety of conditions. There is no need to travel out of the area for this progressive and effective treatment.
The rapid acting antidepressant effects of Ketamine have been life changing for our patients. We welcome you to try Ketamine therapy, even for a single session. Decide for yourself.
Experience the powerful effects of Ketamine Therapy with one single infusion. That’s all it takes for patients to feel less depressed and more optimistic. Chronic pain is relieved with an infusion lasting a few hours longer.
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New Patient Appointment
Medical Evaluation and Clinician Intake (60 mins): $295
New Patient intake with a referral from a current treatment provider: $175
Ketamine Infusion Session (40 min): $450
Package of 6 sessions: $2450
4-hour Ketamine Infusion for Pain: $1200
5 Symptom Subtypes of OCD
What are obsessions and compulsions?
Obsessions are persistent and unwanted thoughts, feelings, or images that cause distress or anxiety. Those with OCD may try to ignore them by performing a compulsive behavior. Obsessions typically intrude when you’re going about your daily life, often getting in the way of your personal goals.
Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that you feel as if you have to perform. Usually, these compulsions are in an effort to reduce anxiety from obsessive or intrusive thoughts. However, these compulsions often only provide temporary relief from anxiety.
Someone with OCD may make up rules or rituals they follow to help control this anxiety when having obsessive thoughts. These compulsions are usually excessive and not realistically related to the problem they’re intended to fix.
Frequently Asked Questions About OCD
- Fear of contamination when touching objects others have touched
- Intense stress when objects aren’t orderly
- Images or intrusive thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else
- Thoughts of shouting obscenities or acting inappropriately
- Avoidance of situations that can trigger obsessions
- Distress about unpleasant sexual images repeating in your mind
- Hand-washing until skin becomes raw
- Checking doors repeatedly to make sure they’re locked
- Checking the stove repeatedly to make sure it’s off
- Counting in certain patterns
- Silently repeating a prayer, word, or phrase
- Arrange your canned goods to face the same way
Some factors that may increase the risk of triggering OCD may include:
- Family history. Family members with the disorder can increase your risk of developing OCD.
- Stressful life events. This reaction may sometimes trigger the intrusive thoughts, rituals, and emotional distress associated with OCD.
- Other mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or substance abuse disorders.
The exact cause of OCD still isn’t fully understood by science. Some theories include:
- Biology. OCD may simply be a result of changes in your body or brain’s chemistry.
- Genetics. While OCD may have a genetic component, specific genes have yet to be identified.
- Environment. Some factors, such as infections, have been suggested as a trigger for OCD, but more research is still needed.
Exactly how Ketamine treats OCD and other mental health disorders are still being researched. The current understanding is that Ketamine binds to receptors in the brain that increases the amount of a neurotransmitter, glutamate, is released. This will then set off a chain of reactions within the brain that affects thinking and emotional regulation.
To put this in simpler terms, the brain reacts to Ketamine in a way that triggers hormones that help create more positive emotions. This can occur within minutes after a person receives their infusion, but some people may need several treatments before they experience the highest level of benefits.