A mental health clinic opening in Fitchburg aims to treat mental health issues such as depression with ketaminean anesthetic used in hospitals.
Wake-up infusion would not be the first ketamine clinic in Wisconsin, along with others in Milwaukee and other cities. Ketamine clinics grew as drug research expanded, according to Wisconsin State Journal. Recent studies have shown that ketamine can be effective in treating mental health disorders, Revival Infusion founder Sarah Wilczewski said in an emailed statement..
“There are a handful of studies on the use of ketamine for mental health disorders, mostly focusing on treatment-resistant depression,” Wilczewski said. “The results are quite remarkable – most of these studies showed a 60% response rate with a single dose of ketamine, and this rate increases to 80% after completing the full six infusions.”
Wilczewski said she decided to start her clinic following her own experience with mental health issues. A graduate nurse anesthetist at UW Health, Wilczewski said she had experience using ketamine as an anesthetic and had heard of the possibilities of its mental health treatment properties.
“In October I went through something traumatic and ended up being diagnosed with PTSD,” Wilczewski said. “I needed to seek mental health care for the first time in my life, and it was incredibly eye opening. You always hear there is a lack of access to mental health providers quality, but you never fully realize it until you’re in that position.
Patients receiving ketamine treatment usually visit a clinic up to three times a week at first, but will visit less over time, Wilczewski said. The drug’s effectiveness has been partly attributed to its fast-acting nature, as it helps patients sooner than standard antidepressants, which can take up to six weeks to fully work, according to CNN.
Research on the effectiveness of ketamine is still ongoing. Last fall, a psychoactive medication program began at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, with some of the research centered on ketamine.
“I personally believe that ketamine, along with other psychedelics, will become increasingly popular treatment modalities for mental health disorders,” Wilczewski said. “Research is booming in the field, and I think it’s only a matter of time before people realize the positive results that can be seen using these treatments.”
UHS has a variety of mental health services available for students struggling with depression, which can be found here.