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Re: Ketamine-enhanced psychotherapy

Posted by alexandra_k on July 24, 2020, at 18:42:37

In reply to Re: Ketamine-enhanced psychotherapy Stargazer2, posted by Hugh on July 24, 2020, at 0:34:37

I think ketamine is a popular date-rape drug. I'm not sure if it does something to suggestability / compliance. Or if is more of an immobiliser.

I think of the time that I spent in psychotherapy having (what felt to me) important things that I wanted to say. But being too scared to say them. Afraid of judgment. Or afraid that they wouldn't be handled well, or for whatever reason. I think that a drug that made me feel calmer and more relaxed and more accepting of whatever... Would make it easier for me to have said some of those things. And saying those things could have sped up the proces of therapy, for sure.

But I would want to have a good relationship with a therapist and feel like my trust was well placed before doing anything like that.

When I had minor surgery to get what turned out to be only part of a surgical screw removed from my ankle they needed to knock me out for it because the nerves had grown around it inside in the bone. When I woke up from the surgery the next day I felt really really really really good. Like really relaxed. In my deep joints, somehow.

People used to say they felt better after having seizures. That was why they thought that inducing seizures might help.

I wonder if ketamine does something like that. A deep relaxant. So the anxiety / depression that you carry as a deeply furrowed brow and clenched teeth etc sort of falls out of you.

 

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