Anxiety Specialist

Shawn Roofian, MD -  - Ketamine Therapy Clinic

Ketamine Medical Institute

Shawn Roofian, MD

Ketamine Therapy Clinic located in Beverly Hills, CA, Tarzana, CA & Chula Vista, CA

Affecting 40 million adults each year, anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental illness conditions in the United States. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are highly treatable. As an expert in the field of ketamine infusion therapy, Dr. Shawn Roofian, of the Ketamine Medical Institute, with three locations in the Los Angeles area, provides this innovative therapy for men and women suffering from anxiety. Even if you’ve tried other methods without success, ketamine infusion therapy may be the solution that gives you long-term relief from anxiety. Call either the Beverly Hills, Tarzana, or Chula Vista offices, or schedule a consultation online.

Anxiety Q & A

How do I know if I have an anxiety disorder?

Nearly everyone experiences occasional anxiety as a natural part of life. But if you have an anxiety disorder, worry and fear over daily situations prevent you from living your life to the fullest. Or, panic attacks may strike, accompanied by uncontrollable physical symptoms that make you feel like you’re having a heart attack.

Anxiety disorders may last a long time, and cause you to avoid people or places as a way of preventing the uncomfortable feelings from returning. Some of the most common types of anxiety disorders, like social anxiety or phobias, begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. Other types of anxiety disorders are:

  • Panic disorder: In this type of anxiety, you have frequent panic attacks in which you feel shortness of breath, terror, and have a rapid heartbeat.
  • Agoraphobia: Here, you avoid places and situations that make you feel helpless or embarrassed. Public spaces often aggravate panic.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder: This disorder addresses excessive worry over activities or events, and often includes depression.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): With this condition, you feel anxiety over a past event.

What are the symptoms of an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety disorder symptoms vary, but often include physical responses to your mental state that cause your body to go into “alert mode.” Common symptoms include:

  • Feelings of panic, dread, and doom
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Hyperventilating
  • Sweating
  • Trembling, feelings of nervousness
  • Weakness
  • Inability to think clearly
  • Insomnia
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Obsessing over little things

How is anxiety treated?

If you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, there are typically two main approaches to treating your condition: psychotherapy and medication. In psychotherapy or counseling, you talk to a trained therapist who helps you understand and reduce your anxious feelings and behaviors. Cognitive behavioral therapy is usually an effective form of therapy because it teaches you skills to help manage your symptoms.

Medications like antidepressants or anti-anxiety prescriptions may also help relieve anxiety symptoms for the short-term. However, when these methods don’t work, Dr. Roofian provides cutting-edge ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine, which has long been used as an anesthetic, offers benefits to men and women suffering from anxiety disorders and depression.

During ketamine infusion therapy, you receive a custom mixture of ketamine and saline solution that Dr. Roofian and his expert team create based on your condition. The solution is intravenously introduced into your body. Many adults notice a significant improvement in anxiety symptoms after a single treatment, but Dr. Roofian advises you with how many treatments will provide the most benefit.

The effects of ketamine infusion therapy last long after you receive the treatment, making it an ideal remedy for anxiety. Also, because it’s not an opiate medication, there’s little risk for addiction, as is the case with other prescription medications.

Call one of the Ketamine Medical Institute offices in the Los Angeles area or schedule a consultation online.