Ketamine Therapy Specialist

Toni Harrison, MD, ABAARM FAARM -  - Regenerative Medicine

Incredible Health

Toni Harrison, MD, ABAARM FAARM

Regenerative Medicine & Wellness Clinic serving Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and Phoenix, AZ

Of the estimated 16 million Americans diagnosed with major depression, 30-50% fail to obtain symptom relief with antidepressant medications. Toni Harrison, MD, ABAARM, FAARM, at Incredible Health offers ketamine therapy, which quickly and effectively relieves treatment-resistant depression. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for ketamine therapy, call the office in Paradise Valley, Arizona, or schedule an appointment using the online booking feature. We are happy to serve our patients in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and Phoenix, AZ.

Ketamine Therapy Q&A

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is an anesthetic with a well-established, decadeslong history of safety. It’s primarily used as an anesthetic during surgery, where it’s so safe that it’s often recommended for pediatric surgeries.

During surgery, doctors administer high doses of ketamine, but it can also be used in a low dose to relieve pain. Low-dose ketamine therapy also has another benefit: It balances brain chemicals associated with mental health disorders.

What health conditions are treated with ketamine therapy?

Ketamine effectively treats chronic pain, including the excruciating pain associated with fibromyalgia, migraines, and complex regional pain syndrome. Treatment with ketamine also relieves the symptoms caused by mental health problems, such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidality
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Addiction
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Ketamine therapy is effective for treating patients whose symptoms aren’t relieved after taking conventional medications.

What are the benefits of ketamine therapy for mental health disorders?

Up to half of all patients with depression don’t respond to antidepressant medications, even when they receive multiple courses of treatment. Many patients with disorders such as anxiety also fail to respond to mediation. Most of them can find the symptom relief they need with intravenous (IV) ketamine infusions.

Ketamine has another vital benefit: It acts very quickly. Following an IV infusion, most patients feel improvement within hours.

The rapid action of ketamine is a welcome relief for everyone who has struggled with a mental health disorder. This also makes ketamine treatment an excellent choice for patients who are suicidal due to depression.

Ketamine works quickly because it has a different mechanism of action than other medications. For example, antidepressants work by increasing the levels of a brain chemical called serotonin, which can take weeks to produce results.

You’ll get nearly immediate results with ketamine because it directly affects levels of a different chemical called glutamate. Studies also suggest that ketamine helps to regenerate nerve connections that are damaged when you have depression.

Dr. Harrison uniquely combines ketamine therapy along with functional medicine to produce optimal results. Functional medicine focuses on determining the underlying cause of your mental health problem.

As one example, depression may be triggered by many possible issues, from vitamin deficiencies to thyroid disorders. Future episodes of depression may be prevented when these underlying issues are identified and treated.

If you suffer from treatment-resistant depression, call Incredible Health or book an appointment online.