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What is Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (PAT)?
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KETAMINE-ASSISTED THERAPY (KAT)
Currently, ketamine is the only legal psychedelic medicine available
What is KAT?
KAT is a therapeutic treatment that integrates ketamine medicine sessions with psychotherapy to reduce emotional suffering. This combination may accelerate the process of growth and change. Sessions last longer than traditional therapy
Growing research shows that KAT is effective at treating a variety of mental health disorders, including treatment-resistant depression, substance use disorders, chronic pain associated with depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and suicidal ideation
What does the research say?
What does KAT do?
KAT accelerates the therapy process. Under its effects, it allows patients to work through issues more quickly and appears to increase the efficacy of talk therapy. Multiple KAT sessions over time show continued improvements in outcomes and duration of efficacy in many mental health disorders
How does it work?
Ketamine enhances healing in the brain through multiple pathways. The main action path for Ketamine is on the NDMA receptor site in the brain, increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter glutamate. This may enhance mood, decrease anxiety, and decrease the cravings found in addiction.
What happens in the brain?
Neurogenesis or growth of neuronal connections within the brain can occur, along with a decrease in the inflammatory response in the brain and body. Ketamine may ultimately allow for novel connections to be made across areas of the brain that allow for change and healing to take place.
Side effects? Duration?
Sessions may be 90 minutes to 3 hours in length. Side effects are generally limited to the timespan directly after the session and usually resolve quickly. These include mild nausea, dizziness, derealization, and drowsiness. The time depends mostly on dose, response to the medicine, recovery time, and other factors.
Are Psychedelics Legal?
Currently, ketamine is the only legal psychedelic-like anesthetic medicine available to mental health providers for the treatment of emotional suffering. All other psychedelics, are available legally only within the context of FDA-approved research into their uses for depression, anxiety, demoralization, addictions, PTSD and other diagnoses.