Patient Experience

I have suffered from treatment resistant Major Depressive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for over 16 years.  The effects were so constant and debilitating that I had difficulty functioning and a very poor quality of life.  I was forced to drop out of school at a young age, had trouble maintaining employment, and no matter what I did I was always miserable.  I had tried nearly every form of medication and therapy available with little to no effect and had all but given up hope when I stumbled across an article on the efficacy of ketamine treatment in mood disorders.  After discussing it with my health care providers, I decided to contact Midwest Ketamine Center and set up an appointment.  I am so glad I did.

The intake process was incredibly easy and fast, allowing me to receive urgent treatment.  From the moment I walked through the door I was made to feel at ease.  All  the doctors and nurses are incredibly kind, patient, and attentive.  I have never experienced any wait time–there is always someone prepared to help me the moment I arrive.  At every appointment the staff spend as much time with me as I need, answering all my questions and making sure I’m comfortable.

I find the treatment itself to be very enjoyable.  I’m able to relax in a reclining chair in a private room while an IV is hooked up, and when I’m ready the ketamine is administered.  The first, lower-dose infusion produces a mild intoxication, somewhat like having a few drinks.  The subsequent higher doses produce a more intense high that is a little harder to describe.  I find it fairly introspective in that it allows me to access thoughts and memories in a calm and pleasant manner.  And one of the best parts is that, unlike other medications I’ve tried, there are no side effects for me.

After the infusion the nurses and doctors are again available to make sure I’m feeling comfortable and answer more questions .  I’m allowed to remain in the room as long as I need until the effects of the treatment wear off and I’m able to leave.

This treatment has truly changed my life.  After four initial infusions I noticed a drastic change in my functioning. Suddenly, all the daily tasks, jobs, and social interactions I found so daunting and exhausting felt easy and enjoyable.  This improvement in functioning, in turn, elevated my mood.  For the first time in years I found myself looking toward the future with hope and excitement, and began planning for a life that I never thought I’d be able to have.  My productivity and motivation sky-rocketed and I took care of chores that had been piling up for years and immediately found a new job, which I had previously felt too ill to manage.  I now find myself able to approach all aspects of my life in a positive manner and engage with the world in a way I never thought possible.  I truly can’t say enough about what an amazing, life-changing impact this treatment has had on me.

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