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by Raquel Bennett, Psy.D. for MAPS

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Patient Demographics, Clinical Data and Outcomes in Three Large Practices Administering Ketamine with Psychotherapy

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Ketamine treatment is well-suited for patients who are “stuck” in chronic depression.

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Ketamine is a synthetic compound that modulates a neurotransmitter called glutamate. It has long been used in clinical settings as an anesthetic and analgesic.

Mental Health Resources

If you or a loved one are experiencing depression or anxiety, know that compassionate help is available. Relief and healing are possible. We are here to help you. Additionally, these organizations, podcasts, and articles provide further information and support to people with depression and anxiety and their loved ones.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI is the largest grassroots organization devoted to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness. Through various programs, it aims to change public perception about mental illness, help its members manage mental illness, and build up family relationships. Reach the help line at 800-950-NAMI (800-950-6264) or text “NAMI” to 741741. 

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) The ADAA works to improve the quality of life of those affected by anxiety and depression and related disorders. This nonprofit’s programs provide education, resources, and support for people to find treatment. If you’re looking for a therapist, check out the ADAA’s directory.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) The NIMH is the largest biomedical research organization in the world committed to understanding the treatment and prevention of mental disorders. It funds research “to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.” If you’re interested in joining a study, visit its clinical trials page.

Traumatic events—such as an accident, assault, military combat, or natural disaster—can have lasting effects on a person’s mental health. 

While many people will have short-term responses to life-threatening events, some will develop long-term symptoms that can lead to a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD symptoms often coexist with other conditions, such as substance use disorders, depression, and anxiety.

The symptoms of PTSD can be hard on your body so it’s important to take care of yourself and develop some healthy lifestyle habits:

  • Take time to relax. Relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, massage, or yoga can activate the body’s relaxation response and ease symptoms of PTSD.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs. When you’re struggling with difficult emotions and traumatic memories, you may be tempted to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. But substance use worsens many symptoms of PTSD, interferes with treatment, and can add to problems in your relationships.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Start your day right with breakfast, and keep your energy up and your mind clear with balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day. Omega-3s play a vital role in emotional health so incorporate foods such as fatty fish, flaxseed, and walnuts into your diet. Limit processed food, fried food, refined starches, and sugars, which can exacerbate mood swings and cause fluctuations in your energy.
  • Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can trigger anger, irritability, and moodiness. Aim for somewhere between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Develop a relaxing bedtime ritual (listen to calming music, watch a funny show, or read something light) and make your bedroom as quiet, dark, and soothing as possible.

Other positive ways of coping with PTSD:

  • Join a PTSD support group.
  • Pursue outdoor activities.
  • Confide in a person you trust.
  • Spend time with positive people.
  • Enjoy the peace of nature.
  • Learn about trauma and PTSD.

Per NAMI, The National Institute on Mental Illness, service dogs are another option for non-traditional therapy for people experiencing PTSD. A service dog is by a person’s side 24 hours a day to help navigate daily stressors. Most animals come to the person pre-trained with a set of commands. The owner can rely upon the dog for help and as a reality grounding tool, which can help prevent a re-experience or other symptoms. These animals can also serve as a social buffer, an incentive to exercise and a de-escalation tool during times of stress.

For additional resources on PTSD, please visit the following links:

 

The central relationship of our lives has an enormous influence on our happiness and quality of life. Strong, safe, loving relationships contribute to our happiness, our energy, and our sense of stability–not to mention that healthy relationships have a powerful impact on our overall physical health. But strong relationships don’t happen by accident. 

Couples with life-giving relationships repeatedly tell us that there’s no “secret” behind their success– they simply invest deeply and consistently in their relationship. Couples and Relationship Therapy can be a powerful catalyst for change and healing in a relationship, but ongoing, daily investment in the relationship sustains and furthers that change. 

These are some of our favorite resources for couples:

The Gottman Institute

The Gottman Institute is the culmination of Drs. John and Julie Gottman’s life work as researchers and clinical psychologists. Their approach to relationship health has been developed from over 40 years of research with more than 3,000 couples—the most extensive study ever done on marital stability.

The Marriage Minute is an email newsletter from The Gottman Institute that can improve your relationship with a digestible, bi-weekly dose of helpful tips and tricks. Over 40 years of research with thousands of couples has proven a simple fact: small things often can create big changes over time. 

Small Things Often, a podcast from The Gottman Institute, is a weekly show diving into John and Julie’s quick clinical advice to become a healthier couple. “Successful, long-term relationships are created through small words, small gestures, and small acts. Every Monday and Wednesday morning, we’ll talk you through research-based tips to help improve your relationships in five minutes or less. Small Things Often is an invitation to think small. It could make a big difference.”

Esther Perel

Esther Perel is recognized as a leading relationship expert around the world. Her acclaimed work in the study of intimate relationships and her winsome and compelling style has helped thousands and thousands of couples find new life and excitement together.

Below are sample articles from Esther Perel that have been helpful in our work with couples. Please visit https://www.estherperel.com to learn more.

Many people feel that their current mental patterns, narrative loops, and negative internal chatter are holding them back from their full productive and creative potential. There is rapidly increasing interest in the fields of human performance, longevity, mental optimization, and flow states. 

Researchers are just beginning to understand all the powerful ways the “psychedelic renaissance” may contribute to these fields. There are many avenues to explore in optimizing your own mental performance and unlocking your full potential. 

Here are some of the resources we’ve found valuable:

Sam Harris’ Waking Up App

There is no question that a consistent meditation practice does wonders for mood, emotional resilience, stress reduction, and focus. Along with sleep, nutrition, and exercise, it is a cornerstone of a holistic approach to mental health.

There are lots of excellent apps that teach users how to meditate and different kinds of meditation practices, including Dan Harris’s “10% Happier” and “Insight Timer,” but our favorite, and the one we use the most is “Waking Up” by Sam Harris. 

“Waking Up” has a 30-day Introductory Course for meditation that is second to none in the meditation app world. Waking Up offers a 7-day free trial and has a what-you-can-afford policy. You can find it on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Tim Ferris Show + Blog

Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and one of Fortune’s “40 under 40.” He is the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

His podcast seeks to glean the best insights and practices from leaders and high performers in dozens of fields, and his podcast is consistently one of the most downloaded on all platforms. Tim’s blog is a wealth of resources on fitness and health, productivity, practical philosophy, and more. 

Sign up for Tim Ferris’s “5-Bullet Friday” newsletter here and find his podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Jamie Wheal and The Flow Genome Project

Jamie Wheal is the author of the best-selling books Recapture the Rapture and Stealing Fire and is the founder of the Flow Genome Project, an international organization dedicated to the research and training of human performance. It includes award-winning academics, artists, special operations commanders, professional athletes, Fortune 500 business leaders, and experts, all dedicated to peak performance.

Their website has an excellent collection of articles, talks, podcasts, diagnostic quizzes, and more. Sign up for the Flow Genome Project newsletter here.

Since its discovery in the 1960s, scientists have worked to understand how ketamine can help people with addictions. 

Scientific studies have proven that ketamine can help our brains repair and even build new neural pathways. This process, called neuroplasticity, remaps connections in our brain and body. So, your brain can quite literally “rewire” itself, changing and adapting based on your experiences and your environment. 

With the help of ketamine, when used in a therapeutic setting, you can access your emotions more and on a deeper level. You can see your emotions and your addiction from a different perspective. This mindset shift allows you to then make the most of other therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy. 

At MindRise Wellness Solutions, Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) for addiction involves preparation and integration sessions to maximize the lasting impact of ketamine. Relief is possible, and we are here to help you.

For additional resources on Addiction, please visit the following links:

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful and overwhelming. It’s important to be patient with yourself and with your feelings. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will help you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient. 

Stress can cause the following:

  • Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
  • Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Nightmares or problems sleeping
  • Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, or skin rashes
  • Worsening chronic health problems and mental health conditions
  • Increased use of alcohol, illegal drugs (like heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine), and misuse of prescription drugs (like opioids)

It’s natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are ways that you can help yourself, others, and your community manage stress.

  • Take breaks from news stories, including those on social media. It’s good to be informed, but constant information about the pandemic can be upsetting. Consider limiting news to just a couple times a day and disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.
  • Take care of your body:
    • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and fat–free or low–fat milk and milk products. Eating well also means limiting saturated fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars.
    • Going to bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends, can help you sleep better (seven or more hours per night for adults).
    • Move more and sit less. Every little bit of physical activity helps. You can start small and build up to 150 minutes a week, broken down into 20-30 minutes per day.
    • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
    • Limit alcohol intake. Choose not to drink or drink in moderation by limiting consumption to one drink a day for women—two for men—on days that alcohol is consumed.
    • Avoid using prescription drugs in ways other than prescribed, someone else’s prescription, or illegal drugs. Treatment is available, and recovery starts with asking for help.
    • Avoid smoking and the use of other tobacco products. People can and do quit smoking for good.
    • Continue with regular health appointments, testing, and screening.
    • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
    • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
    • Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, try connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.

Often there are multiple sources of stress that overwhelm an individual and lead to an inability to cope in a healthful way. Someone struggling to cope and who may be diagnosed with an adjustment disorder may show a number of symptoms:

  • Depression, sadness, hopelessness, crying
  • Anxiety, nervousness, excessive worrying
  • Lack of appetite and weight loss
  • A sense of being overwhelmed or buried by stress
  • Unusual behavioral changes
  • Social withdrawal
  • Inability to focus on tasks
  • Avoiding responsibilities
  • Suicidal thoughts

An adjustment disorder is diagnosed when someone has experienced a great deal of stress or trauma and has a reaction out of proportion to the situation. They cannot cope well and are unable to function normally, experiencing challenges at work or home. If this sounds like you and you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, relief is possible. We are here to help you.

Being mentally and physically healthy is a protective factor against poor reactions to stress and trauma. Making healthy changes may help you better cope with stressful life situations. You can start doing these today:

  • Cook more healthy meals at home.
  • Exercise regularly, including taking walks together.
  • Practice and try mindfulness techniques like breathing exercises and meditation for relaxation.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs, as many people with adjustment disorders are susceptible to substance abuse.
  • Get adequate sleep every night.
  • Journal feelings and events, focusing on gratitude.
  • Any kind of positive activity that reduces stress is helpful. Engage in activities you enjoy; this could mean reading, taking an art class, getting outside for a walk, or just having coffee and a chat with a friend.

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