OCD

Allison Wells, MD -  - Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Lone Star Infusion

Allison Wells, MD

Ketamine Infusion Therapy located in Houston, TX & The Woodlands, TX

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder have uncontrollable reoccurring thoughts and may feel the urge to repeat behaviors over and over in response to those thoughts. Dr. Allison Wells uses ketamine IV infusion therapy to reduce symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder at Lone Star Infusion in Houston. Call or book an appointment online today to find out if ketamine IV infusion therapy is right for you.

OCD Q & A

What is OCD?

Anyone can have OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, including children, adolescents, and adults. If you suffer from OCD, you may find yourself having recurring obsessive thoughts and then feeling compelled to carry them out. You also feel the urge to repeat that action every time it’s triggered.

People with OCD are either obsessed, feel compelled or both. Obsessions may include:

  • Aggressive thoughts toward others or yourself
  • Fear of germs or dirt

Compulsive actions associated with OCD include:

  • Excessive cleaning, hand-washing, or bathing
  • Arranging things in a precise manner
  • Repeatedly checking on things

What is the cause of OCD?

The causes of OCD are generally unknown. However, certain factors put you at risk of developing this disorder, including:

  • Family history of OCD
  • Exposure to abuse or trauma
  • The natural wiring of your brain

How is OCD treated?

At Lone Star Infusion, Dr. Wells offers customized ketamine infusion therapy to treat OCD.

While there are several other treatment options for OCD such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), they generally do not treat the underlying cause of the mental illness. Ketamine works quite differently as it improves healthy neural function.

What should I expect during ketamine IV infusion treatment?

Dr. Wells carries out an extensive consultation to determine if ketamine infusion therapy is right for you. She then tailors a treatment plan for you.

In most cases, she starts with a series of six infusions. In each session, she provides a one-hour, low-dose infusion. You have 40 minutes to relax while having the infusion, and 20 minutes of recovery.

She carefully monitors your infusion and adjusts it to suit your response. You may feel mild visual hallucinations and other similarly mild effects that wear off quickly.

As you get better, she may add boosters to maintain your wellness. You’ll likely get these boosters at about 3-5 weeks after the six infusions. The number of boosters and how frequently you take them depends on the severity of your symptoms, other medications you have to take, and your response to the treatment.

If you want to learn more about ketamine IV infusion therapy and how it can help manage OCD, call or book an appointment online today.