In Smyrna, Georgia, patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression can find hope from the staff at Georgia Psychiatry and Sleep. The adult and child psychiatry practice offers ketamine therapy treatments through intravenous administration. Ketamine infusions have been proven to help patients on their road to recovery from mental illness.
Dr. Munjal Shroff, an attending physician at Ridgeview Institute, a member of the American Medical Association, and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, leads the clinic. Working alongside a team of board-certified psychotherapists, nurse practitioners, mental health experts, and more professionals, Dr. Shroff’s approach to health care uses modern innovation and holistic forms of medicine to provide relief for patients suffering from mental illness or sleep disorders. He is certified in both sleep medicine and psychiatric medicine. This gives him an authoritative background on mental illness and its relation to sleep.
Georgia Psychiatry and Sleep also has an office located in Douglasville.
– IV ketamine infusion therapy
Initial treatment begins with approximately 6 ketamine infusions over the course of several weeks. Infusions will take about an hour to complete. You will need to remain in the office for an hour after the infusion is complete. Patients should not drive or operate heavy machinery until the next day, after a restful sleep. You’ll need to arrange transportation to and from ketamine infusion treatment.
Subsequent treatment and duration will be determined on an individualized basis, based on clinical response, tolerability and patient and clinician discussion.
Ketamine has a bit of stigma and baggage given its history. While you may think of it as a “party drug” from the 1990s, there is a growing amount of research that says it has some positive potential. The more research our major institutions conduct, the less stigma there will be around these drugs. And if they can help people with drug-resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc, then why wouldn’t we put these to use in proper, clinical settings?
This is primarily due to its stigma as a party drug. The truth is yes, ketamine is legal. In fact, it is only a Schedule III drug by the DEA. This puts it on the same level as Tylenol and codeine. So don’t let the baggage of this drug stop you from learning more about it. As always, ask your doctor if ketamine therapy is right for you.