I strongly advocate for thorough screening by a mental health practitioner for conditions such as MDD, OCD, and PTSD, prior to starting ketamine. Each of our patients are properly screened and treated. We dose ketamine correctly. We adhere to clear evidence-based protocol for doses that actually treat depression, OCD, and PTSD without causing addiction. Cantera Psychiatry practices evidence-based medicine. “Evidence based practice (EBP) is the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about patient care (Sackett, Straus, Richardson, Rosenberg, & Haynes, 2000)”
Any practitioner who targets higher doses to aim for dissociation as a means of treatment (1) is missing the whole point of the mechanism of action of ketamine for mental health disorders, and (2) adds in the huge detrimental possibility of addiction to ketamine. According to research on the use of ketamine for mental health conditions, it’s not the dissociative experiences that make patients better, like some clinics tout. It’s the longer term effects of increased dendritic growth of neurons in the brain and glutamate potentiation. Have questions? Give us a call.