Ketamine Therapy Treatments in Austin Texas
You deserve to feel happy.
Battling the effects of PTSD, Chronic Depression, OCD, Postpartum Depression, Fibromyalgia, or Bipolar Disorder is a lot
for any individual to handle. Victory Medical in Austin now has a way to give you relief.
Through ever expanding research and technology resources, Victory Medical is now offering Ketamine Infusion Therapy.
Ketamine Therapy is a leading-edge process that offers relief where other therapies have failed.
The physicians at Victory Medical customize each infusion to best benefit each individual’s needs. Not only will you feel
relaxing effects, but you will also be able to see long-term results in how you function in everyday life.
If you are in need of help, contact Victory Medical today.
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Read a recent article on Psychiatrist.com:
Clinical Effectiveness of Intravenous Racemic Ketamine Infusions in a Large Community Sample of Patients With Treatment-Resistant Depression, Suicidal Ideation, and Generalized Anxiety Symptoms: A Retrospective Chart Review
Austin Ketamine Therapy
It does not matter how long you have been battling through depression, ketamine therapy will help you enjoy life once again. Ketamine therapy is a way to move past traditional prescription therapies. You may be suffering with major depression if you are experiencing:
- Sadness, anxiety, or empty moods
- Appetite or weight changes
- Difficulty sleeping, concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Decreased energy or greater fatigue
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- Aches, headaches, pains, cramps
- Loss of interest in sex, hobbies, or other activities
- Long term feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness
With ketamine therapy, treatments will vary from patient-to-patient depending on the severity of symptoms, other medications the patient is taking, and the response to treatments.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a disorder that develops in people who have experienced frightening, shocking, or traumatic events. PTSD causes chemical imbalances in the brain that trigger symptoms such as fear, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, or emotional detachment.
Traditional therapies often do not work well for patients with PTSD. By introducing ketamine therapy for those in Austin who struggle with PTSD, many of whom are in law enforcement, first responders, or members of the military, our goal is to see that each patient improves, copes, and heals.
Did you know that ketamine infusion therapy can have a significant impact treating fibromyalgia, migraines, and other chronic pain situations? Aside from overall pain, fibromyalgia also causes mood swings, chronic headaches, fatigue, and trouble retaining information. Do not go through life thinking there is nothing you can do for these symptoms. Low-dose infusions can be adjusted to your individual needs. The number and frequency of the ketamine treatments vary and will depend on your symptoms and medications you take.
Living with an obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, can be life-altering. Intrusive thoughts or obsessions can often lead to increased anxiety or stress. OCD patients are often obsessed with performing simple, everyday tasks over and over to such a degree that it interferes with their lives every day. Because of this, most rarely leave their homes. Cleaning or checking lights or doors can become a major task that seemingly goes on forever. Victory Medical is here to tell you there is help available.
Because OCD is a subset of an anxiety disorder, ketamine therapy can be given in low-dose infusions. These are administered during weekly visits. Depending on what medications you take and the severity of your symptoms, your ketamine therapy plan can be adjusted.
Everyone deserves to feel happy and good about themselves. There is no reason to be battling depression, PTSD, OCD, fibromyalgia, or any other disorder every day of your life. Even ketamine for weight loss treatment can help you to see a better tomorrow.
It is all up to you. Our physicians at Victory Medical in Austin customize every infusion to each patient’s needs. You will begin to feel relaxing effects immediately, and the long-term results will have you eager to meet each new day. Call us to schedule your first consultation. There is help waiting for you, whatever you are facing today.
The path to happiness begins with the first session.
We are mindful of your busy life and wants to make this treatment process as non-invasive as possible.
Through our weekend sessions, you’ll be ensured the time to ease into the effects of Ketamine.
It can be hard to try a new process for individuals who suffer from these chronic conditions.
We will place you into the care of a physician to monitor your Ketamine Infusion every step of the way.
Ketamine is not meant to add to your daily stresses, its purpose is to take it away.
Our infusion room is custom designed to complement your treatment and allow you to completely relax.
Testimonials From Our Clients
I had a series of traumas, starting in childhood, that has led to bouts of depression, beginning in my early teen years. These events include sexual assault, the early death of my Father that soon led to the abandonment of my Mother, at the age of 15. The early death of my first husband, a nasty divorce with the second, and dealing with the rejection and self-doubt that occurred after extramarital affairs, by both husbands. My Mother and Sister both attempted suicide at various times, and later both died on February 13th, from separate, natural causes. Soon after, my daughter almost died after a rare, and still, unexplained disease attacked her colon, and make her so septic that her lungs failed, and she was on a ventilator, hours away from dying. There have been many other traumas throughout the years, in addition to many successes and happy times too. I always managed to pull myself up by my bootstraps and carry on. I got through these days by pushing the emotions deep into my psyche, compartmentalizing them, where they only festered, waiting to return with a vengeance.
I have been in therapy on and off for 30 years, and occasionally using antidepressants for short term management of situational depressions that usually followed a traumatic event. However, in 2010, I went on many different combinations of antidepressants, prescribed by psychiatrists, and just never got off – I assumed that I would take them forever. I was a single mother, and my career was not conducive to bouts of depression.
I was locked in a way of thinking, and seeing the world with a finite set of prospects for my future, with the main focus of trying to survive in this world. My brain starts telling me that there was no way out of the pain that I was feeling.
The antidepressants stopped working after about 8 years, and I attempted to withdrawal from them, with the advice of my psychiatrist. I was unaware of how incredibly horrific this process was going to be. I because extremely depressed, and had physical withdrawal systems every day. Extreme nausea, brain zaps, and insomnia that led to complete exhaustion and an inability to take care of my obligations. This went on for months, even after attempting to slowly wean off the medications. I went on juice cleanses, colonics, and meditation retreats. I entered into a 16-week outpatient program for PTSD and finally got back on the medications, just to make the withdrawal stop. I am not sure if I will ever be able to get off them – it’s been over 10 years. I wish Ketamine therapy had been available then.
The event that led me spiraling down, was after my niece attempted suicide, and all the trauma that I had been pushing down caught up with me, and I had a nervous breakdown. I started researching Ketamine treatment as an alternative for depression, when I got an email that my doctor’s office was offering the treatment to their patients. It felt like a godsend. I immediately made an appointment with Melissa that lasted 2 hours. We talked about everything, to determine if this was the right treatment for me. She reiterated that it was not going to be a cure, but part of a complete strategy to get well and that I would need to make positive changes to my life. She made me feel very comfortable, and at ease knowing that she would be by my side the entire time the procedure was taking place. I met her staff, we discussed in detail what would happen, and I scheduled the treatments.
The atmosphere that Victory Medical, and Melissa created for the sessions was calming and comfortable. My vitals were checked constantly, and the team talked me through the entire first session, using positive imagery, language, and music, that made me feel supported and safe. They checked up on me later that day, at home, as I drank plenty of water and slept.
After the very first session, I felt emotions that I had not felt since I was a child – Hope and the experience of connectedness to the world. I began to believe that my life could get better, and that I may even thrive again. The experience of this new way of thinking I felt physically. The only way I can explain it, is that I imagined that the neuro-pathways in my brain had been shriveled up like the roots of a water-starved house plant. During my very first session, it felt as though my brain was being bathed in nourishing water, that these neuro-pathways began to absorb, and become alive again.
My brain began to work, I could get out of bed, and take a bath. My memory got better, almost immediately, and improved as I continued the treatments. I saw new possibilities for my life, colors were more vibrant, I began to enjoy the things I used to enjoy, and I regained the desire to engage with the people in my life. My immediate family could also tell the vast difference in my demeanor.
I continued to go to the sessions, per the protocol, and I began to come into each session with a mental/emotional goals to reframe some of the sad memories that would creep into my awareness. Melissa and her staff were always at my side, and I have never felt more supported by any other mental health providers.
I have required a few additional sessions, that I am needing less and less. I have been moving forward with my life, getting my university degree, starting a new job that I love, and having a grandchild that brings me so much happiness.
The best way to describe what Ketamine Therapy actually does to the brain, in my experience, is to provide a reset. You know when your computer is full of spam, and viruses that are clogging up the Memory/Ram in your system, and nothing works right, or is so slow that it becomes ineffective.
Ketamine therapy clears out the old processes and well-worn neuro-pathways that were slowing down my ability to think clearly. I can now use the cognitive skills that I have learned in therapy, and I now have the will to take care of my physical body with good food, and exercise. I have the courage to re-create myself, and to move forward in my life. I can now look away from the past traumas, the guilt, and shame when they begin to whisper into the ear of my psyche. I can choose to see the beauty that is all around me. I have a new perspective that has helped me let go of my past, forgive myself and others, and the ability to see all the possibilities that exist for me to be happy in this world.
Our society has been very misinformed about depression. The same word is used for feeling sad after a sad event – which is appropriate and normal. Clinical depression is a very different beast. Even the sadness is different – more akin to apathy, and a catatonic inability to find a solution that ultimately makes you hate yourself. There have been times when it took every ounce of mental and physical energy just to turn on the light in my room. I was in extreme mental pain, and without an all-encompassing plan to get well, and empathetic support group, and the right medical treatment, this disease will kill you. Your brain, believing that there is no hope, will convince you that dying is the answer. This therapy has saved my life, given me hope, and with the help of my mental health support team, the will to take care of myself.
Without ketamine, I don’t think I could ever find relief and reprieve from PTSD as quickly as I did. Stress at work was becoming overwhelming. I wasn’t just facing my own personal stress; I felt like the punching bag for patients who were frustrated, scared, and angry from all the upheaval caused by COVID-19. My mental detriment became physical. I was exhausted from being easily startled from sudden noises. I was exhausted from constantly feeling like impending doom was around the corner. I was exhausted from fearing when I would be screamed at again. I was exhausted from losing my quality of life. I felt like I was living in horror. I did not want to live feeling I was always on the edge of sanity. I was already in therapy, but once I had suicidal ideations, I needed something drastic to rescue me. The impact from just the first infusion treatment felt like I was finally entering the eye of a hurricane.
When I woke up after the first infusion treatment, I was not without experiencing side effects. I was promptly treated for breakthrough nausea and was allowed time to recover at my own pace. My eyes were sensitive to light, and I wore sunglasses on the ride home. After I sat down in my darkened living room and watched TV, I could not help but notice how differently I felt and how life-saving the treatment was to me. In a mere matter of hours, so much dread and anguish was offloaded. I felt relaxed. I felt at ease. My mind and my body both felt calmness and peace. This was all experienced from just the first infusion treatment.
I continued to coordinate my psychotherapy sessions with the rest of the ketamine infusion regimen. I was all too familiar with therapy sessions prior to ketamine therapy, and even though it has helped in the past with occasional bouts of depression and anxiety, progress took weeks before I noticed a substantial difference. This doesn’t negate the importance of doing therapy in conjunction with ketamine treatment. I liken ketamine to sitting in the helicopter in the eye of the hurricane; it’s powerful, fast, and could bring me to safety. However, to pilot out of the storm, I needed diligence in applying what I learned in therapy to navigate to safety.
Prior to this year, my PTSD symptoms were very infrequent and manageable, and I could use therapy techniques to help me quickly cope and continue with my day. Once I developed new PTSD symptoms that were severe and negatively intruded on my life, I needed something more than just psychotherapy, and that was ketamine. I believe my recovery experience could not have been possible without ketamine to help me reach a breakthrough.
I would like to thank Melissa Gabrielli, APRN and her team at Victory Medical. The treatment I received was invaluable. Psychotherapy and SSRI medications are still the mainstream treatment modality for PTSD, but these alone don’t provide substantial relief for emergent situations or for people with chronic and treatment-resistant mental health conditions. I can only hope that more people can experience a remarkable recovery with ketamine treatment
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