How Ketamine Infusion Helps In Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD is surprisingly not an uncommon psychological condition. For people with OCD, doubts, worries, and superstitious beliefs are common in their everyday life. It is a persistent condition with symptoms waxing and waning over the lifetime.

What is OCD?

OCD is classified under the Anxiety Disorders. In OCD, people experience different obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are intrusive, recurrent, and unwanted thoughts or impulses that cause severe anxiety and distress. Compulsions are repetitive actions that are driven by the obsessions in an effort to neutralize the anxious thoughts and ideas.

Common obsessions include fear of contamination or illness, losing things or not having them when required, need for symmetry etc. Sometimes the obsessions may involve sexual, violent or religious themes. Common compulsions include washing/cleaning, checking, arranging, counting, praying, hoarding, etc.

The cause of OCD is not completely clear yet, but multiple factors are believed to be involved in causing OCD. The major known factors are neurobiological, genetic, cognitive and environmental. OCD affects men and women equally and usually begins in the childhood or early adulthood. Majority of the people who suffer from OCD realize that their obsessions are irrational, yet they feel helpless in stopping them. These people also have the tendency to develop depression that not only worsens the suffering but complicates the treatment as well. It is a disabling disorder which if left untreated, can badly affect personal, professional, and social life.


Treatment Options

It is common for the people diagnosed with OCD to feel embarrassed and ashamed about their condition, but remember, even if the obsessions are deeply rooted, treatment can help. With proper treatment, people with OCD can regain control over their lives and feel significant relief from their symptoms. Currently, there are several options available for treating OCD. The two main options are psychotherapy and medications which are often used in combination to achieve maximum success.

Types of psychotherapies for OCD generally include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Support groups. The most effective medications used for OCD are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which are one of the antidepressant drugs. Other medications like antianxiety and antipsychotic agents can also be used depending upon the nature and severity of the patients’ symptom of OCD.


Ketamine infusion therapy has brought hope to the field of psychiatry. It is a novel treatment method that has been acknowledged by medical health and mental health professionals as a safe and effective option for treating a number of mental health conditions including OCD. Many studies have suggested that ketamine even works when other drugs and therapies have failed, therefore, holds an important spot for treating treatment-resistant OCD.  Additionally, it acts far more rapidly than the other treatments for OCD which usually requires several weeks to months to alleviate the symptoms.

Ketamine infusions in low dose can be particularly effective in lifting anxiety thereby eliminating the obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. It also avoids the major troublesome side-effects of the traditional antidepressant medications which are a big concern of most people.

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