Arsalan Malik, MD
As a provider of ketamine treatment for depression in Los Angeles, Dr. Malik is a board certified, integrative, functional and psychodynamic psychiatrist practicing in Santa Monica, California. He practices general adult and adolescent psychiatry, integrative psychiatry, addiction medicine and psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Dr. Malik treats a variety of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, personality disorders and others by utilizing medications, supplements, lifestyle changes, as well as psychotherapy and the principles of functional medicine to identify underlying causes of psychiatric disorders.
Ketamine Assisted Psychedelic Psychotherapy
In addition to talk therapy I now offer the possibility of a deeper, consciousness expanding psychotherapy experience with the entheogenic and euphorigenic medicine, ketamine in oral/sublingual form. I do NOT operate an IV ketamine clinic.
Ketamine is now an “off-label” treatment for various chronic “treatment-resistant” mental conditions. It is a Schedule III medication that has long been used safely as an anesthetic and analgesic agent and now, often effectively for treatment of depression, alcoholism, substance dependencies, PTSD and other psychiatric diagnoses as well as for existential, psychological and spiritual crises and growth.
How Does It Work? The current, most probable, understanding of ketamine’s mode of action is as an NMDA antagonist working through the glutamate neurotransmitter system. This is a very different pathway than that of other psychiatric drugs such as the SSRIs, SNRIS, lamotrigine, anti-psychotics, benzodiazepines, etc.
Ketamine is classified as a dissociative anesthetic, dissociation meaning a sense of disconnection from one’s ordinary reality and usual self. At the dosage level administered to you, you will most likely experience mild anesthetic, anxiolytic, antidepressant and, potentially, psychedelic effects.