OCD Specialist

Big Sky Ketamine

Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in Kalispell, MT

Clinical research suggests that approximately one in four adults suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. This condition, defined by repetitive or obsessive behaviors, often causes anxiety and can significantly impact your quality of life. At Big Sky Ketamine in Kalispell, Montana, William D. Stratford Jr., MD, FAPA, PC, and the team regularly uses ketamine infusion therapy to assist men, women, and teens struggling with OCD. To see if you’re a candidate for this type of treatment, call the office today.

OCD

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that causes you to experience unreasonable fears or thoughts (obsessions) that lead to compulsive or repetitive behaviors. 

If you have OCD and try to ignore these thoughts of feelings, your anxiety and obsessions only become worse. Oftentimes, OCD revolves around a particular concern. For example, if you’re afraid of getting sick, you might wash your hands obsessively or avoid touching door handles or other surfaces that the general public comes in contact with. Many people feel embarrassed about OCD, but with proper diagnosis, it’s possible to treat.

What are the symptoms of OCD?

People with OCD typically experience compulsions and obsessions. However, some people only experience one or the other. If you have OCD, these compulsions or obsessions take up a majority of your time and feature a specific routine. 

Other telltale signs of OCD include:

  • Fear of contamination
  • A need to organize things
  • Thoughts about harming yourself or others
  • Unwanted thoughts about sex, religion, or violence
  • Washing and cleaning

You might also count the number of cracks in the sidewalk or the number of steps you take, so much so, that it’s the only thing you’re able to think about. 

When should I visit a doctor regarding OCD?

Everyone experiences intrusive thoughts and worries from time-to-time. However, if your day revolves around certain behaviors, or your thoughts are negatively interfering with your ability to participate in routine activities like going to work or spending time with loved ones, it’s important to make an appointment with the team at Big Sky Ketamine. 

How does ketamine infusion therapy address OCD?

Like depression and bipolar disorder, OCD affects certain areas of your brain responsible for memory and decision-making. Left untreated, these damaged neural pathways can make your symptoms increasingly worse. A series of non-addictive ketamine infusion therapy appointments provide your body with the resources it needs to heal these neural pathways and relieve obsessive or compulsive behaviors. 

Your Big Sky Ketamine provider will recommend a series of six initial treatments and evaluate your progress from there. 

If OCD is interfering with your quality of life or damaging your relationships, ketamine infusion therapy may be able to help. Make an appointment at Big Sky Ketamine by calling the office today. 

COVID-19

We have added staffing to accommodate the increased demand for IV ketamine therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an essential service provider, our office will remain open and fully operational. Please call us today if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment: 406-203-1884.