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Why Ketamine? Apr 1st, 2021

Every year in the United States, more than 16 million people suffer from at least one major depressive episode, and many of those people deal with chronic, ongoing symptoms that can be difficult to manage, even with medicine and therapy.  These people have what’s sometimes referred to as treatment-resistant depression,...

Avesta is an Advocacy Consortium Clinic Feb 17th, 2021

Avesta is pleased to announce that we are an Advocacy Consortium Clinic. What does that mean? It means we are participating in the mission to ensure access for pain and mental health patients to safe ketamine treatments through insurance coverage. The Ketamine Taskforce Advocacy Clinic Consortium Recently, on February 1,...

Break the Stigma about Mental Health Jan 29th, 2021

At Avesta Ketamine and Wellness, we fully support efforts to #BreaktheStigma about mental health. At its core, the Break the Stigma effort is rooted in suicide prevention because that is the absolute worst outcome of mental health suffering. The goal of this effort is to help prevent those that suffer...

Does Ketamine Work for OCD? Jan 17th, 2021

Are you searching for information about Ketamine and OCD? Does Ketamine work for OCD? Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and anxiety are inextricably linked. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is very common and generally a chronic condition. OCD is marked by uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviors (compulsions) that...

Ketamine may overturn insensitivity to prediction error in depression Dec 30th, 2020

When it comes to understanding depression, there is no shortage of theories as to why we become depressed. Currently, the guiding directive in scientific depression studies encourages researchers to seek to identify a biochemical origin of the disease, as opposed to theories that emphasize psychological or situational causes. From a...

Understanding Ketamine and Disassociation Dec 16th, 2020

Understanding Ketamine and Disassociation As a trained practitioner and researcher in the field of anesthesia and pain management, I have long understood the benefits of IV ketamine for the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, and other mood disorders. Notwithstanding, I am equally aware that ketamine has created something...

Ketamine Offers New Hope for Treatment Resistant PTSD Nov 26th, 2020

Are you wondering how Ketamine offers new hope for treatment resistant PTSD? If you are suffering from PTSD, you have likely heard that you are not alone and while that is true, it probably does not change the fact that you feel alone. You may also feel helpless, isolated, ashamed,...

Understanding Ketamine: Hope for Anxiety Sufferers Nov 23rd, 2020

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.” However, with the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the...

How Patients Struggle with Treatment-Resistant Depression and Anxiety Nov 1st, 2020

Are you struggling with treatment-resistant depression and/or anxiety? It can be a debilitating battle leaving you feeling hopeless and lost. It can take years to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety, and once diagnosed, it can take many more years to find a prescription drug treatment that works. What many...

Avesta Ketamine and Wellness is Opening a Second Location in McLean Virginia November 2020 Oct 23rd, 2020

We here at Avesta Ketamine and Wellness are excited to share our big news! We are opening a second location in McLean Virginia beginning November 2020. In opening our second location, we are also actively working to continue our mission to create awareness about the safety and benefits of ketamine....

Stories Shared with Avesta: What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know Oct 15th, 2020

It is October and this time of year we centralize around the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) efforts to raise awareness about mental illness. NAMI is “the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.” NAMI leads...

Should Ketamine be used during police arrests? Aug 29th, 2020

Should Ketamine be used during police arrests? Should ketamine be used in police arrests? It is a good question. Ketamine has a long and proven history for various medical uses and is safe when administered by a licensed clinical practitioner. I have written more extensively on its safety and use...

Which is better? Ketamine or Spravato? Aug 19th, 2020

Are you wondering which is better: Ketamine or Spravato? You are not alone. Spravato (Esketamine) is a new drug produced Janssen Pharmaceutical and is the first new method to treat depression in over 25 years. On March 05, 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Spravato was...

Three Reasons We Become Dehydrated: Sports, Socializing, and Sickness Jul 28th, 2020

There are three primary ways we are susceptible to dehydration: Sports, Socializing, and Sickness. Did you know that hydration is critically important to your overall health for many reasons to include regulating body temperature, keeping joints lubricated, preventing infections, delivering nutrients to cells, and keeping organs functioning properly? But, did...

Is Ketamine Safe? Jul 21st, 2020

Are you wondering if Ketamine IV Infusion treatments for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain are safe? It is a valid question and if you are seeking to learn more, it is smart that you are searching for more information. As a Georgetown professor of over 20 years, and long-time...

What is Ketamine and How Does it Work? Jul 21st, 2020

Wondering what exactly Ketamine is and how it works? You may have heard that Ketamine is available for the treatment of major mood disorders such as depression, PTSD, anxiety as well as chronic pain, but beyond that you may not know much more. Certainly there is a bit of a...

Can You Cure Depression? Jul 21st, 2020

Are you wondering if there are ways to cure depression? In my 20 years as a practitioner and professor in anesthesia, pain management, and alternative medicine, the proverbial question, "is it possible to get rid of depression" comes up. If you are suffering from depression, whether it is major or...

Does Ketamine Work for Depression? Jul 21st, 2020

Are you thinking to yourself, "how does Ketamine work for Depression?" First off all, if you are suffering from Depression, you are not alone. According to a 2017 study by The National Institute of Health (NIH), “An estimated 17.3 million adults in the United States had at least one major...

A Better Way to Boost Your Immune System Jul 21st, 2020

Are you looking for a better way to boost your immune system as a preventative measure against COVID-19 Coronavirus disease and Influenza? With the onset of the COVID-19 Coronavirus disease and the most recent wave of Influenza cases striking the United States, you are likely pretty concerned about your health...

How To Manage Your Chronic Pain with Ketamine IV Infusions Jul 21st, 2020

Do you suffer from Chronic Pain? Are you wondering how to manage your Chronic Pain with Ketamine IV Infusions? Unfortunately, in decades past, Chronic Pain has been a very challenging pain disorder to treat. For many, common procedures and prescription drugs often fail to relieve Chronic Pain conditions. However, there...

About the Benefits of Wellness Infusions Jul 21st, 2020

About the Benefits of IV Wellness Infusions Are you wondering about the benefits of IV Wellness Infusions? Are you still learning exactly what a wellness infusion is? This article will help you learn the ins and outs of IV Wellness Infusions. The first thing to know about IV Wellness Infusions...

Podcast On Ketamine Experiences! Aug 30th, 2019

"Sentenced to life" is a podcast examining the role of ketamine in various patient lives and experiences. Check them out on http://sentencedtolifepodcast.com/ and listen to some ketamine life changing stories.

2 nursing organizations' joint statement on ketamine therapy! Aug 28th, 2019

See the statement made by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (#AANA) and the American Association of Psychiatric Nurses (#AAPN) on Ketamine for Mood Disorders https://www.aana.com/home/aana-updates/2019/08/28/ketamine-infusion-therapy-for-psychiatric-disorders-position-statement-issued-by-american-association-of-nurse-anesthetists-and-american-psychiatric-nurses-association

Ketamine goes mainstream-on CNN! Oct 15th, 2018

Dr. Sunjay Gupta, MD, science and physician reporter for CNN just had a very interesting piece on the impact on Ketamine on depression, and suicide. You can watch the video below or on the CNN website. Sub-anesthetic doses (lower than we anesthesia providers would use to put you to sleep)...

Ketamine Vs Opioids-the fight is on! Oct 15th, 2018

On NPR today, there is further research into the mechanism of action of Ketamine, seems as though it also works on the same receptors as the opioids. Check out the story here Link to Story on NPR's Website

Dehydration sends artist Pink to the hospital Oct 15th, 2018

Artist Pink was hospitalized yesterday in Australia where she was scheduled for a series of concerts. She is being treated for gastritis and dehydration. The best treatment for any viral (as in Pink's case) or alcohol related dehydration is intravenous (IV) fluids, with a combination of minerals and vitamins as...