The Unconscious Mind During Ketamine Treatment

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The unconscious mind refers to the part of the brain where most mental processes take place that influence judgement, feelings, and behavior, without us being aware or conscious that it is occurring. Freud believed the unconscious mind is the primary source of human behavior. The goal of psychotherapy is to bring all the hidden beliefs, fears, and memories from childhood or past traumas to conscious awareness for examination to determine reasons behind current destructive behaviors, allowing positive changes to be implemented.

Combining Ketamine infusion therapy and psychotherapy provides an opportunity for change and insight to occur much quicker than the months or years of typical therapy because Ketamine dissociates the mind from the body. During Ketamine infusion treatments your mind remains fully aware and conscious, but the unpleasant memories and traumatic experiences may no longer cause fear, shame, sadness, or any negative perceptions. This allows the doctor to help the patient explore their memories and obtain insight that helps them to implement change.

Ketamine Therapy will help to bring deep-rooted emotions to the surface, allowing the patient to see into the unconscious mind. Past traumas can trigger emotional suffering depending on how we perceive and react to those triggers. Our brain has defense mechanisms that repress and store our unpleasant memories and emotions into our unconscious. Ketamine therapy allows the doctor and patient to break down those defense barriers.
Ketamine also causes physical changes within the brain that allow it to adapt and change. There are activities that occur within the brain that are directly connected to several issues that impact our minds. The N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor or NMDA receptor is a glutamate receptor found in nerve cells. Glutamate is one of the brains key neurotransmitters, influencing the formation and number of brain synapses – the connections between neurons. When glutamate and glycine bind to the NMDA receptor it activates and allows positively charged ions to flow through the cell membrane. This controls synaptic plasticity and memory function. Glutamate works closely with GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, the body’s principal inhibitory neurotransmitter. An imbalance between glutamate and GABA is associated with depression, anxiety, and many mood disorders. Ketamine helps balance the glutamate system by binding to the NMDA receptor and blocking glutamate from binding on the cell membranes, creating an increase of glutamate. Researchers believe this is how Ketamine causes a cascade of neurobiological events that result in rapid antidepressant effects.

Ketamine also impacts the mTOR pathway, which regulates cell growth among other things, and the AMPA receptor which mediates synaptic transmission in the central nervous system. Ketamine impacts these pathways and drives the growth of new neural connections and increases neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to adapt and change. This is how Ketamine helps with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mood disorders.

Providers at Ketamine Infusion Centers can help you with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc. by using a combination of Ketamine infusion treatments and psychotherapy. By exploring your unconscious mind, you can take control of your behavior and regain your life. Call Ketamine Infusion Centers today.

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