Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment
Research shows that ketamine affects the NMDA receptors that are responsible for glutamate activity in your brain. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that signals cells in your brain to perform specific activities.
In relation to OCD, glutamate affects areas of the prefrontal cortex in your brain where your learning and thinking centers are located. These centers control your thoughts and related behaviors.
By reducing glutamate activity in this area, ketamine can induce what is called “extinction learning.” Extinction therapy aims to stop certain behaviors or thoughts from occurring, basically making them go “extinct.”