Carolina Behavioral Care opened its first Ketamine Treatment Center at our Pinehurst, N.C., site in September 2017. Ketamine is a medicine which has been proven to be very effective (over 70 percent response rate) in treating severe, refractory, major depressive disorder. It has efficacy in the treatment of other psychiatric disorders, including anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. It is also used widely for the treatment of medical conditions including chronic pain, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia and reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
Under the leadership of Dr. Greg Clary, who is board certified in psychiatry and internal medicine, we have developed an office-based, medically supervised program which is consistent with protocols developed by leading university medical centers in the United States.
Ketamine treatment involves the administration of the drug by intravenous infusion. Before administering the medication, a thorough psychiatric and medical assessment is undertaken by the Carolina Behavioral Care staff. The treatment requires four to six sessions, usually every other day for intravenous infusion of Ketamine followed by appropriate monitoring. Follow-up psychiatric monitoring is coordinated by the Carolina Behavioral Care staff. Maintenance therapy is also offered based on individual responses.