Ketamine Infusions for Anxiety Treatment is Changing Lives

Are you in search of the best new anxiety treatment available in Portland, OR? An old drug is giving new hope to those who suffer from major anxiety and other mood disorder such as depression, PTSD, and OCD. In addition to helping with various mood disorders, ketamine has also been shown to help with a variety of chronic pain disorders including fibromyalgia.

How Does Ketamine Help Treat Anxiety?

A growing number of case studies are pointing to the role of glutamate. Glutamate is a widely distributed excitatory neurotransmitter responsible for mediating the brain’s response to stress and traumatic memories that linker with us for years after the event has occurred.

What Are The Benefits of Ketamine for Anxiety?

One of the most talked-about advantages of using ketamine for anxiety treatment is how fast it works. Unlike many other anxiety treatment options that take weeks or months to feel a difference, the effects of ketamine infusion therapy can be felt within a few hours of your first infusion.

Five Major Types of Anxiety

Excessive anxiety can show itself in one of five types of disorders- General Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or Social Anxiety Disorder. Here is an in-depth explanation of the five major types of anxiety disorders.

Panic Disorder

A panic disorder manifests itself in terms of panic attacks. Panic attacks are sudden feelings of short breath accompanied by a surge of fear in normal situations. While everyone at least has one or two panic attacks in their lifetime, panic attacks that occur several times indicate a possible panic disorder.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) tend to worry about all kinds of things that happen every day — family, health, or financial problems. They usually worry about something terrible happening in very unlikely situations. For instance, they might not want to drive because they’re worried about getting in an accident. While this is certainly possible, it is highly unlikely.

They often look for reassurance that awful things they fear will not happen. Such phobias are common for people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Other symptoms include muscle tension, frequent heart palpitations, and headaches.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is characterized by repeated unwanted thoughts or behaviors which lead to certain rituals like counting, checking, or washing your hands several times. For instance, if you have OCD, you may wash your hands consecutively to prevent disease. Even after washing for three to four times, you may still be worried that your hands are not clean enough.
Performing these so-called “rituals” is just a temporary treatment to OCD symptoms and not performing them significantly increases anxiety.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder occurs after one has experienced life-changing events. Such events may include a serious accident, war, natural disaster, or physical or sexual abuse. PTSD causes one to relive these experiences in the forms of daydreams, nightmares, or flashbacks. People suffering from PTSD may develop feelings of guilt, worry, and sometimes somberness.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Also known as social phobia, Social Anxiety Disorder manifests as overwhelming anxiety in everyday situations. One becomes extremely self-conscious and fears being judged by others. Social phobias can be limited to certain events such as being unable to speak at public gatherings, or extreme where one experiences symptoms of phobia almost every time they get around people.

Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety

The first step of recognizing anxiety disorders is looking at the signs and symptoms. Here are common signs/symptoms of anxiety disorders.


Getting easily fatigued is a symptom often associated with an anxiety disorder. Though surprising to most people, the hyperactivity involved during anxiety attacks can cause fatigue. It is important to note that fatigue can also be a symptom of other illnesses like depression. Fatigue accompanied by excess worry indicates a mental disorder.


Irritability is also another common symptom associated with anxiety disorders. In a recent study carried out at the University of Pennsylvania, more than 90% of people generalized with anxiety disorder experienced irritability issues during the peaks of their anxiety attacks.

Insomnia or Problems Falling Asleep

Suddenly waking up at night or failure to fall asleep are common feelings reported by persons with anxiety disorders. Proper treatment of anxiety can help improve sleep quality. While it is clear insomnia and anxiety are strongly linked, one can not tell if insomnia contributes to anxiety or vice versa.

Tense Muscles

While anyone can feel tense muscles at any time of the day, people with anxiety disorders tend to have them more frequently. Its association with anxiety is yet to be fully understood. Treatment of muscle tension with therapeutic medications can help reduce symptoms of anxiety disorder. Some studies show this method as effective as cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Concentration Difficulties

Most people affected with anxiety illness report having problems concentrating. Some studies reveal that anxiety can scramble working memory- a type of memory that holds short-term information. However, difficulty in concentration is not enough to diagnose an anxiety disorder as it is also associated with other mental illnesses (ADHD, depression, etc).

Common Causes of Anxiety

Pinpointing the causes of anxiety can be complicated. It is usually a combination of factors like environment, genetics, among other things. However, some events or emotions have shown to have a clear influence to begin anxiety or worsen the symptoms. These common causes (triggers) are as follows:

  • Underlying health issues
  • Negative thinking
  • Stress from emotional trauma
  • Use of certain illicit drugs
  • Relationship or family conflicts
  • Medications

Ketamine FAQs

Some of the most common questions and answers about ketamine

If you have been diagnosed with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, or PTSD and you have tried traditional antidepressants without adequate relief. ketamine treatments could be a good options for you.

You will be seated in a comfortable recliner during your treatment. Our staff will place monitors so that we can track your heart rate, EKG, blood pressure, and oxygen levels during your treatment.

A small intravenous catheter will be placed into a vein, after which ketamine will slowly be infused into the vein over approximately 40 minutes by a precise mechanical pump. Your provider will remain in the room during your treatment to monitor your response to the treatment. You will remain awake during the infusion. Most patients report a relaxing and peaceful experience.

Patients will also notice changes in their vision and/or a feeling of “lightheadedness” or “floating.” Many also report feeling somewhat disconnected and having slower thoughts. Typical recovery times last from 20-30 minutes after the completion of your infusion. Most people can expect to be at the office for a total of 90 minutes. You will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after your infusion.

Yes. All patients will require a referral from their provider before beginning infusion therapy.

  • Schizophrenia or acute mania
  • Uncontrolled hypertension or other cardiac conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Pregnancy
  • Allergic reactions to ketamine
  • Obesity (BMI ≥ 40), and
  • Other conditions based on clinical

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the most common cause of delay or exclusion from receiving ketamine infusions. Please ensure that you have addressed this concern with you primary care provider.

You should continue your prescribed home medications unless directed otherwise. Your ketamine provider will review your medications during your initial consult and discuss any potential interactions.

The initial series of infusions consists of six ketamine infusions over a 2-3 week period. Many patients will notice a change in their symptoms after 1-2 treatments, however, some patients will not experience a benefit until later on in the initial series of treatments. While the effects of ketamine treatments can be life-changing, ketamine is not a cure for mood disorders. You will need maintenance treatments
in order to maintain treatment effects. Your ketamine provider will discuss a recommended maintenance infusion schedule for you, based on your response. On average, patients return every 4-6 weeks for maintenance or “booster” infusions.

There is approximately a 70-72% response rate for patient with depression.

Initial phone consultation: $0
Standard length infusions: $425

  • We accept credit cards only.
  • Financing options may be available upon request.
  • You may be able to use your FSA funds to pay for
    your ketamine treatments.
  • Check with your employer’s FSA administrator to verify eligibility.
  • We offer a discount for military veterans.

Ketamine treatments are currently NOT covered by insurance plans. At your request, we will provide you with a superbill and visit invoice for services provided.

Once we have completed your in person consultation and have a referral from your provider, your infusion can start immediately. We will work with you to schedule your initial series of six infusions. After that, you can schedule “booster” infusions on our patient portal whenever you feel you need them.

Stop Stressing And Start Living Again

Request your free ketamine treatment consultation today

If you or a loved one is struggling with an anxiety disorder, contact Specialized Infusion today and schedule your appointment to learn more about ketamine treatment for anxiety, and if you are a good candidate.

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