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3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Receiving Ketamine Treatment For Depression And Anxiety In Utah

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Low Cost AND Quality—3 Questions You Need to Ask Before Receiving Ketamine Treatment for Depression and Anxiety in Utah

It was 2016 and this wasn’t the first time Ashley had contemplated suicide.  After enduring serious trauma during her childhood, she experienced depression and PTSD during her teens.  On the outside, she looked like a thriving teenager, but on the inside, feelings of guilt, shame, and loneliness grew stronger.  She attempted suicide at age 14 and was hospitalized twice more during high school.

But Ashley persevered.  She became the first person in her family to go to college and began a master’s degree program in community psychology in 2009.  She successfully managed her symptoms with medication and psychotherapy. However, in 2012 some traumatic and stressful life events set off a major depressive episode and her mental health began to decline again.  Nothing she tried worked, and Ashley became consumed by extreme fatigue and loneliness.

Desperate to find solutions, she reached out to a friend involved in ketamine research and was ultimately referred to Gerard Sanacora, M.D. Ph. D, a professor at Yale and member of the Scientific Council. Dr. Sanacora enrolled Ashley in a clinical trial of ketamine for patients who had not found relief through other anti-depressant treatments.

In a March 2019 article from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (BBR), author Fatima Bhojani explains, ‘When she woke the next morning, Ashley felt 50 pounds lights.  She could breathe. She wanted to go for a run. So, she did. Although she often ran to try to manage her depressive symptoms, she couldn’t recall ever having wanted to go for a run.’ ¹

“I can’t even explain to you how dramatically different I felt when I woke up…It was a miracle, she says.  She could feel positive feelings, which had eluded her for years. “Ketamine not only saved my life, but has restored me to the joys, and pains, of full living. I feel, for the first time in my life, like there is air to breathe,” she says. ¹

As a mental health researcher herself, Ashley recognized the importance of ketamine therapy that is carefully monitored for efficacy and any side effects.  “It’s an amazing drug that needs more research, funding, and insurance reimbursement,” she says, “but also it needs to be done really thoughtfully. Patients need to be very followed very closely.”

In Ashley’s case, the single dose of ketamine worked initially, but lasted only temporarily, as is often the case in ketamine patients.  After four weekly treatments, Ashley started to notice a definite improvement in her mental health. Over time, she and her doctors realized that her depression could not be managed without ketamine and that she would need continued care on a treatment-by-treatment basis.

Ashley continued to receive ketamine treatments every 2-3 weeks and was in constant touch with her doctors. Her well-being became dependent on an experimental drug that insurance won’t yet cover and is still in the research phase of clinical study. It continues to be important to Ashley that her progress be carefully monitored by her medical team.

Ketamine infusion therapy is rapidly becoming a recognized treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD, and many other mental health challenges.  As is typically the case when new treatments are developed, many new providers flood the market. Some may be anxious to cut corners in order to increase volume and bring in more patients. Some clinics are willing to provide treatments for a lower cost, but with fewer protocols that may sacrifice safety and quality.

Until ketamine treatment receives FDA approval and insurance coverage, it’s up to each patient to make the best decision for their health AND their pocketbook. Because the cheapest option may not always be the best, it’s crucial to make an educated decision when choosing a provider. When dealing with your health it’s important to choose a ketamine clinic that can give gold standard care and low-cost treatment options. As Ashley’s experience shows, ketamine patients need a high standard of quality care and careful, continuous monitoring.

3 Questions to ask your Ketamine Infusion Therapy Provider

1 – How do you ensure safe and effective treatment for patients?

The ketamine treatment provider you select should be committed to quality care and careful monitoring.  They should have vast clinical experience and follow strict safety protocols. You should receive the following from your provider:

  • A Thorough Medical Evaluation
  • Primary Physician Collaboration
  • Symptom & Diagnostic Evaluation
  • Post Evaluation Consultation
  • Ongoing Monitoring

The bottom line is—you deserve gold standard treatment, not run-of-the-mill treatment.  Treatment should be focused on patient comfort and outcome, not on treating the maximum numbers of patients in the shortest amount of time.

2 – What can I expect when receiving treatment?  Will I be comfortable? Will my medical team care about me personally and the success of my treatment? 

We have many processes and standards in place at Therapy Reset to guarantee the best experience for our patients as they receive ketamine therapy. Your experience with us begins with a free, no-obligation call with our skilled clinicians who can answer all your questions about our clinic and ketamine therapy.

Before your first treatment, we will conduct a full medical, symptomatic and diagnostic review, evaluation, and consultation to determine how you might to respond to low-dose ketamine therapy infusions. Our clinic atmosphere and the professionalism of our caregivers will make the process easier and much more comfortable for you. While receiving your ketamine therapy at Therapy Reset, you can enjoy a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

We prioritize your peace of mind, comfort, health, and safety with private rooms, luxury lounge chairs, ongoing monitoring, and advanced IV technologies. After your treatment, our caring, compassionate, and experienced team will monitor your journey and conduct post-treatment evaluations and consultations.

3 – Will ketamine infusion therapy be affordable? Are there payment options or discounts?

Ketamine therapy can be both affordable and effective.  You don’t need to sacrifice quality care in favor of lower cost.  Our clinical staff has more than 40 years of combined experience in various clinical and hospital settings. With our experience, we’ll ensure you receive the best care for the best price. Although not yet covered by insurance, ketamine treatment can definitely be affordable.  At Therapy Reset we offer affordable payment options as well as discounts for military and first responders.

Because we care about your mental health and well-being, we provide great value at a reduced price.  We don’t cut corners on care to save dollars. When you are trying to heal your brain, the priority should be quality care and results, along with treatment costs.

If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other mental health conditions, consider seeking ketamine therapy. Contact Therapy Reset in Ogden, Utah to learn about how we are providing ketamine therapy and successfully treating patients in SLC, Brigham City, Ogden, Layton, Syracuse, Clinton, Brigham City, Morgan, Logan, Wyoming, Idaho and surrounding areas.

For more information about ketamine infusion therapy, go to TherapyReset.com, or visit our office in Ogden, Utah to schedule a free consultation with our licensed doctors.

¹  https://www.bbrfoundation.org/blog/recovery-story-after-every-available-option-was-exhausted-ketamine-has-enabled-her-life-resume

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